International Students



Phoebe Oldach

(Visit from August, 2013 to May, 2014 )

Phoebe Oldach recently completed her BSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Dickinson College in the USA, and is funded to join the lab by a Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Scholarship. This program, dually funded by the US and Indian governments, encourages students and young professionals to conduct research in India for a period of nine months to advance international collaborations and act as a cultural ambassador. During her time in Prof Rup Lal's lab, Phoebe is contributing to investigations of differential HCH degradation rates of synthetic lin A mutants. Following this nine-month research period, Phoebe plans to continue on for a PhD in Biochemistry.



Iris Schilling

(Visit from 6th October to 8th November)

Iris Schilling is a Ph.D. scholar at EAWAG, Switzerland in the lab of Dr. Hans-Peter Kohler. She is a guest PhD in Prof Rup Lal's lab. In her PhD project she plans to address open research questions on microbial HCH degradation concerning to the fate of the various HCH isomers, the mechanisms governing HCH isomer turnover, and in particular the methodology for assessing success of HCH-turnover under environmental conditions, by using compound-specific carbon and chlorine isotope analysis (CSIA) of HCH isomers.

During her stay at Prof. Rup Lal's group at Delhi University she plans to learn techniques for bacterial gene manipulation. For her PhD project she needs to able to produce a sufficient amount of Lin enzymes. Therefore the focus of her stay in Delhi is on plasmid isolation and transformation of bacterial cells. 



Langping Wu

(Visit from 21th February to 18th March)

Langping Wu is a Ph.D. student at Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany, in the department of Dr. Hans-Hermann Richnow. In her PhD project, she is working on the Multi-dimensional CSIA to characterize the degradation of organophosphorus pesticides (OPPs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs). She is a guest PhD of Prof Rup Lal, and visited Prof Rup Lal's lab under the DAAD project of “Assessing natural and stimulated biodegradation of the pesticide Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) at contaminated field sites using CSIA”.

During her stay at Prof. Rup Lal's group at Delhi University, she participated the sampling campaign at the contaminated field site in Lucknow to take soil, sediment, ground water and plants samples, and then conducted the extraction of HCHs from water samples. Meanwhile, she leaned to do enzymatic degradation experiment of a-HCH. After returning to Germany, she plans to process carbon isotope analysis of environmental samples and interpret field isotope data for assessing natural and stimulated biodegradation of HCHs as well as bioaccumulation processes in plants.