City University of New York (CUNY), Advanced Science Research Center. MetaSUB Consortium; PI- MetaSUB India Earth Microbiome Consortium
Dr. Prithiviraj is trained as a microbial ecologist with experience in symbioses in microbes and metagenomics. His Ph.D. from India focused on using microbes to track biochemical and physiological adaptations in symbiotic fungi that can tolerate abiotic stress. His current research is focused on the monitoring of green infrastructure sites and integrate the research interests of the three investigators in the areas of contaminants, microbial community diversity and dynamics and biogeochemical process rates. The proposed research would provide the first integrated assessment of contaminants, microbial communities and biogeochemical process rates in green infrastructure sites across New York City area. Previously, as a post-doctoral research associate in the University of Colorado, Boulder, he worked in the area of microbial genomics with specific emphasis on analyzing large scale data sets on air samples. Dr.Prithiviraj is a contributing member of the Earth Microbiome Project www.earthmicrobiome.org and the Metagenomics and Metadesign of the Subways and Urban Biomes (MetaSUB) International Consortium (http://www.metasub.org).
Interests: Probono Consulting for Microbiome Research, Soil health efforts in the context of Argiculture