Every researcher dreams of working in a modern lab and releasing their scientific works, but another important factor is being surrounded by professional and inspired colleagues. That’s why many scientists travel to other nations to share their knowledge and gain international experience.
What kind of scientific developments are Indian scientists in Russia involved in? Young researchers from South Ural State University (SUSU) in Chelyabinsk have taken time out from their schedules to talk about their work.
Dr S. Venkata Ramana Creating New Modern Biotech Lab
Senior researcher from SUSU’s Biotechnology Department, Dr S. Venkata Ramana, is working on creating a new biotech laboratory to produce fuels and chemicals from agro-food waste and wastewater under the supervision of the chair of the Department of Food and Biotechnologies, Professor Irina Potoroko.
He said that day-to-day biotechnology is constantly being studied to ensure our ecosystem’s well-being, to transform pollutants, to develop biodegradable materials, and environmentally-friendly manufacturing and recycling processes. The new, modern lab that Dr Venkata Ramana, along with his fellow scientists from SUSU, are working on will make it possible to conduct the most up-to-date research in this field.
Dr S. Venkata Ramana noted that the university offers great opportunities for scientific research in the field of biotechnology, and the university’s team of professional scientists is always prepared for discussions and critical analysis.
Dr Venkata Ramana is also working on scientific studies, both with his colleagues from SUSU and with foreign specialists. He has worked in Spain, Portugal, South Korea, and China.
Dr S. Venkata Ramana plans to continue working in Russia for the foreseeable future, conducting studies in the field of ecological biotechnology.
According to her, the staff at the laboratory for synthesis and analysis of food ingredients is actively participating in an interdisciplinary project called “Ecology”.
Dr Uday Bagale Developing New Technology for Healthy Food Production
The move to Russia has inspired Dr Uday Bagale, providing a stimulus for fresh ideas. He previously worked with professors from Tunisia to develop environmentally-friendly biodegradable packaging materials. In 2016, after having started working with SUSU, the young scientist decided to start another scientific project, this time on the development of a food additive based on curcumin.
According to Dr Uday Bagale, he has full access to various SUSU projects and resources. Furthermore, this job is paid. In addition to scientific research, the young man is also trying his hand at mentoring: he’s helping a graduate student write an article for an international journal in English, as well as his dissertation.
Dr Bagale said that he would like to continue working at the university. He does not want to leave Russia as Chelyabinsk has become his second home.
“Dr Uday Bagale is currently involved in research with Kadi Amar, a postgraduate student from Syria, to obtain food emulsions with the desired properties. The purpose of this research is to develop new approaches for the production of targeted foods”, the professor said.
Dr Bagale earlier worked on a team of master’s students from the Department of Food and Biotechnologies to develop biodegradable dishes made of starch and pectin-based plastics.
In 2021, the new English-language master’s programme “Industrial and Environmental Biotechnology” at SUSU’s Department of Food and Biotechnologies began. The latter is being carried out in collaboration with the Technology Institute of Warangal (India), the University of Melbourne (Australia), the Shenyang Institute of Technology (China), and leading Russian universities. Dr S. Venkata Ramana and Dr Uday Bagale are among those tutoring in the programme.