Phoebe Oldach did Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Dickinson College, USA; Masters and M Phil in Computational Biology from University of Cambridge, UK and is currently pursuing PhD in Chromosome and Developmental Biology from University of Oxford, UK. She visited Prof. Rup Lal’s lab under Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Scholarship (2013-14). 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. Lal's lab, Phoebe contributed in investigations of differential hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) degradation rates of synthetic linA mutants.
Iris Schilling did Bachelor and Masters of Science in Environmental Sciences from ETH Zurich, Switzerland and is currently pursuing PhD. In Environmental Microbiology at ETH Zurich and EAWAG, Switzerland in the lab of Dr. Hans-Peter Kohler. She is a guest PhD in Prof Rup Lal's lab. Her PhD work is about tracking biotransformation of hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCH) by CSIA (compound-specific carbon and chlorine isotope analysis). During her visit to Prof. Rup Lal's lab at University of Delhi she learnt techniques for bacterial gene manipulation. Focus of her work was on plasmid DNA isolation and transformation of bacterial cells.
Langping Wu is a PhD student in Dr. Hans-Hermann Richnow’s lab at Department of Isotope Biogeochemistry, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany. She is pursuing 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 titled “Assessing natural and stimulated biodegradation of the pesticide Hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH) at contaminated field sites using CSIA”. During her stay with Prof. Rup Lal's group at University of Delhi, Langping participated in the sampling campaign at the contaminated field site in Lucknow. Soil, sediment, ground water and plants samples were taken, and extraction of HCHs from water samples was conducted. She also learnt to perform enzymatic degradation of alpha-HCH. After her return to Germany, she performed carbon isotope analysis of environmental samples collected from India and interpreted field isotope data for assessing natural and stimulated biodegradation of HCHs as well as bioaccumulation processes in plants.