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TEA Fellows Profiles




Place of birth

Muradnagar, India


MSc ‘Water Science: Chemistry, Analytics, Microbiology’ from University of Duisburg-Essen, Essen, (Germany)

Bachelor of Technology in Biotechnology from Uttar Pradesh Technical University, Lucknow (India)

Relevant experience

Master Thesis at Ingenieurgesellschaft Sieker mbH, Berlin on ‘Urban storm water management in separate sewer systems‘

Internship at Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology, Jena on ‘How plants perceive terrestrial gastropod’s attack? -Identification of chemical compounds and microorganisms present in terrestrial gastropod’s trail mucus inducing defence responses in Arabidopsis thaliana’

Research interests

Economic modelling, Co-digestion for biogas production

Current research

Synergies from co-digestion of grass silage with other feedstocks
Supervised by Dr Padraig O'Keily, Teagasc
Link to poster


Kästner, J., Himanshu, H., von Knorre, D., Erb, M., Baldwin, I. T., & Meldau, S. (2014). Salicylic Acid, a Plant Defense Hormone, Is Specifically Secreted by a Molluscan Herbivore. PloS one, 9(1), e86500.