Research Projects

Naveen Kumar

Current PhD Student

Fungal biodegradation of plastics and biodegradable plastics

The primary focus of this project is an investigation of the theromophilic fungus R. emersonii’s ability to degrade common plastic waste. A desirable practical outcome of this research would be if R. emersonii could utilise plastic as a carbon source to produce an enzyme cocktail that could subsequently be employed to accelerate the breakdown of plastics and biodegradable plastics. This fungus is known to produce a suite of esterases and galactosidases that can degrade lactose containing polymers (such as those used in biodegradable plastics) so it is likely that it will produce the necessary enzymes required for the breakdown of plastic.


Keywords: Plastic degradation, Bioplastics, Fungal bioremediation


Objective:- I wish to delve further into my research interests in the field of fungal mediated remediation of different forms of plastics. Particularly, I hope to contribute to the work on cost effective technologies for plastic degradation and valorisation of by-products formed.

Area of Interest: – Bioremediation, Wastewater Treatment, Bioenergy Production, Fungal Remediation of heavy metals and plastics.


  • MSc Biotechnology Bioprocessing and Business Management from The University of Warwick, UK
  • Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology from Amity University, India

Hobbies and Interest: Biking, Photography and Travelling

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Peer-reviewed publications:

  1. Arti Mishra, Bulbul Gupta, Naveen Kumar, Rashmi Singh, Indu Shekhar Thakur (2020), Synthesis of calcite-based bio-composite biochar for enhanced biosorption and detoxification of chromium Cr (VI) by Zhihengliuella sp. ISTPL4’, Bioresource Technology. Elsevier Ltd, (Vi), p. 123262. doi: 10.1016/j.biortech.2020.123262.


  1. Naveen Kumar, Surbhi Sinha, Tithi Mehrotra, Rachana Singh, Simran Tandon, Indu Shekhar Thakur, (2019) ‘Biodecolorization of azo dye Acid Black 24 by Bacillus pseudomycoides: Process optimization using Box Behnken design model and toxicity assessment’, Bioresource Technology Reports. doi: 10.1016/j.biteb.2019.100311.



  1. Swati Sharma, Abshar Hasaan, Naveen Kumar (2018) ‘Removal of methylene blue dye from aqueous solution using immobilized Agrobacterium fabrum biomass along with iron oxide nanoparticles as biosorbent’, Environmental Science and Pollution Research. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 25(22), pp. 21605–21615. doi: 10.1007/s11356-018-2280-z.


  1. Naveen Kumar, Surbhi Sinha, Tithi Mehrotra, Aishwarya Mishra, Rachana Singh (2018) A composite comprising of encapsulated Bacillus pseudomycoides and iron oxide nanoparticles for the removal of toxic diazo dye Congo Red. (Application No- 201811026968).


  1. Tyagi, B. and N., 2019. Bioremediation: Principles and Application in Environmental Management, Toxicity, Mechanisms of Contaminants Degradation, Detoxification and Challenges. Elsevier Science, USA.


  1. Rachana Singh, Naveen Kumar, Tithi Mehrotra, Kavya Bisaria and Surbhi Sinha., 2019. Environmental hazards in biodegradation of plastic wastes: Challenges and future prospects, Toxicity, Mechanisms of Contaminants Degradation, Detoxification and Challenges. Elsevier Science,
  2. Saxena, G., Kishor, R., Bharagava, R. N., Das, P., Gupta, P. K., & Kumar, N. (2021). Emerging green technologies for biological treatment of leather tannery chemicals and wastewater. In Bioremediation for Environmental sustainability: Toxicity, Mechanisms of  Contaminants Degradation, Detoxification and Challenges. Elsevier Science, USA
  3. Rabbani, A., Zainith, S., Deb, V. K., Das, P., Bharti, P., Rawat, D. S., Kumar, N., & Saxena, G. (2021). Microbial technologies for environmental remediation: potential issues, challenges, and future prospects. In Microbe Mediated Remediation of Environmental Contaminants. Woodhead Publishing, Elsevier, Cambridge, UK





  1. A facile composite comprising of encapsulated Citrobacter Freundii LCJ 002 and iron oxidenanoparticles for the removal of toxic diazo dye Congo Red accepted for poster presentation at International conference on advances in biosciences and biotechnology by department of biotechnology, Jaypee Institute of information technology, Noida on 01 – 03 Feb 2018.