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Dr Monika Sogani


Dr Monika Sogani is presently working on a post-doc research assignment at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, University of Cambridge as a visiting researcher since January 2017 on the Schlumberger Foundation’s Faculty for the Future Fellowship. Her present research is in the area of environmental bioremediation of toxic micro-pollutants and bioactive chemicals (BACs) in the dairy and pharmaceutical industrial wastewater along with simultaneous energy generation using advanced bioreactors such as Microbial Fuel Cells (MFCs) and Biophotovoltaic (BPV) Systems.

Dr Sogani has extensively worked in the area of bioremediation of toxins in the Industrial & Hospital wastewaters using bio-catalysis and simultaneous biosynthesis of useful chemicals as by-products involving advanced biochemical processes. Dr Sogani has completed her doctoral degree in this area and has also completed a major research project funded by Department of Science & Technology (DST), Govt. of India as PI wherein, her objective was to develop an integrated process for bio-remediation of amide compounds in industrial waste-water and production of useful acids using immobilized bacterial technology. She has good exposure on working with bioreactors involving extensive biochemical processes. She has widely worked on isolation, biochemical and molecular characterization and immobilization of bacterial strains and also working with microbial enzyme assays.

Dr Sogani has degrees in Industrial Microbiology (BSc) and Biotechnology (MSc, PhD) and during her masters’ dissertation, she spent research stays at the at the School of Veterinary Medicine in Hannover, Germany, supported by a German Academic Exchange (DAAD) fellowship. Dr Sogani is presently on a study/sabbatical leave from Manipal University Jaipur (India) where she holds the position of Associate Professor and presently undertaking a major research project funded by SERB, Govt. of India (2017-20) as PI wherein, her objective is the treatment of Endocrine Disrupting Compounds (EDCs) in industrial wastewaters using microbial fuel cell (MFC) technology.


  • Biosensors
  • electroanalytical
  • Bio-fuels
  • process control
  • encapsulation
  • analytical biotechnology
  • biological waste treatment
  • green chemistry
  • catalysis

Key Publications

Peer Reviewed Journals (Selected):

  1. Sharma P, Mathur N, Singh A, Sogani M, Bhatnagar P, Atri R, Pareek S (2015) Monitoring hospital wastewaters for their probable genotoxicity and mutagenicity. Environ. Monit. Assess. (2015) 187:4180 doi: 10.1007/s10661-014-4180-0
  2. Sogani M, Bakre P P, Mathur N, Sharma P, Bhatnagar P (2014) Acetamide hydrolyzing activity of Bacillus megaterium F-8 with bioremediation potential: optimization of production and reaction conditions. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 21(14):8822-30 doi:10.1007/s11356-014-2818-7
  3. Sharma P, Mathur N, Singh A, Bhatnagar P, Atri R, Sogani M (2014) Efficiency Analysis of a Hospital Effluent Treatment Plant in Reducing Genotoxicity and Cytotoxicity of Hospital Wastewaters. International Journal of Advanced Biotechnology and Research(IJBR) 5(3):371-380
  4. Sharma P, Mathur N, Singh A, Bhatnagar P, Sogani M (2013) Use of Short Term Microbial Bioassays to Evaluate Toxicity of Hospital Wastewaters. J. Environ. & Sociobiol. 10(2):115-126
  5. Sharma P, Kumar M, Mathur N, Singh A, Bhatnagar P, Sogani M (2013) Health care industries: potential generators of genotoxic waste. Environ. Sci. Pollut. Res. 20(8):5160-7 doi:10.1007/s11356-013-1500-9
  6. Sogani M, Mathur N, Bhatnagar P (2012) Comparison of immobilized whole resting cells in different matrices vis-a-vis free cells of Bacillus megaterium for acyltransferase activity. Journal of Environmental Research and Development. 6(3A):695-701
  7. Sogani M, Mathur N, Bhatnagar P, Sharma P (2011) Biotransformation of amide using Bacillus sp.: isolation strategy, strain characteristics and enzyme immobilization. Int. J. Environ. Sci. Technol. 9(1):119-127 doi:10.1007/s13762-011-0005-7


Conferences (Selected):

  1. Sogani M, Fisher A C, Yunus K, Periasamy V, Jaafar M, Fong-Lee N, Phang S (2017) Bioelectrocatalysis as potential tool for Bioremediation with Electricity Generation. CEB Research Day Symposium, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (UK), June 26-27, 2017
  2. Sogani M, Dongre A, Sonu K (2017) Treatment of Industrial Wastewater Containing Amides Using Novel Bacterium in Semi-Continuous Reactor. IWA Conference “Frontiers International Conference on Wastewater Treatment (FICWTM -2017)” University of Palermo, Palermo (Italy), May 21-24, 2017
  3. Sogani M, Fong-Lee N, Phang S, Periasamy V, Yunus K, Fisher A C (2017) Bioremediation processes for elimination of emerging pollutants and simultaneous electricity generation. Malaysia Singapore Research Conference, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (UK), March 25, 2017
  4. Dongre A, Sonu K, Sogani M, Vyas A D (2016) Generation of Electricity from RO concentrate Using Microbial Fuel Cell. National Symposium on “Water Purification and Reject Management (WPRM-2016)”, MNIT, Jaipur (India), November 12, 2016
  5. Shrma M K, Vyas A D, Sogani M (2016) Cost-effective evaluation of different techniques of fluoride removal from drinking water. National Symposium on Geogenic Contamination of Groundwater (GCG) 2016, TERI University, New Delhi (India), April 22, 2016
  6. Sogani M, Bakre P P, Mathur N (2014) “In vitro study of acyl transferase activity of Rhodococcus and Bacillus” 24th Annual Meeting of Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC), Europe, Basel, Switzerland, May 11-15

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