Miss Geetika Bhagwat

Miss Geetika Bhagwat

Research student

Career Summary


Geetika is a PhD Scholar at the School of Environment and Life Sciences (Biological Sciences).

Her PhD thesis work is focussed on the analysis of plastic associated microbial communities, biomolecules and contaminants. Her work investigates into the potential risks associated with marine plastic debris and impact on planetary health.

Since 2011, Geetika has worked at various prestigious research institutes and have collaborated with international's project partners. With over 7 years of research experience in fields of plant molecular biology, pathology, microbial biochemistry and environmental microbiology, she has a lot of knowledge in various fields of life science in her arsenal.

Her forthcoming goal is to understand the risks to human health from plastic debris which is now critically evaluated as a vector for contaminants, distinct microbial assemblage or even pathogenic microbes.

Community engagement: STEM mentor

Since 2019, Geetika is working as a FEBE Ambassador/Mentor with the HunterWISE group at University of Newcastle. HunterWise is an initiative designed to foster interest of high school students in various fields of STEM.

Being part of HunterWISE she aims to provide an engaging experience for the high school students and share her passion for science by introducing them to varied fields of life science research.


  • Environmental sciences
  • Genetics
  • Metagenomics
  • Microbial ecology
  • Molecular microbiology
  • Plastic and Human health
  • Plastic pollution
  • Plastisphere


  • Marathi (Mother)
  • English (Fluent)
  • Hindi (Fluent)

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
060599 Microbiology not elsewhere classified 30
059999 Environmental Sciences not elsewhere classified 50
060199 Biochemistry and Cell Biology not elsewhere classified 20

Professional Experience

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
7/9/2015 - 11/11/2016 Senior Research Fellow

I was assigned to analyse the tomato breeding lines for drought resistance.

ICAR-Indian Institute of Vegetable research
9/9/2013 - 31/10/2014 Senior research Fellow

I was appointed to understand the dynamics of interaction of garden pea with the powdery mildew causing pathogen,

University of Hyderabad
5/3/2013 - 15/8/2013 PhD student

I was appointed to understand the stress response of plants to elevated carbon dioxide and ozone.

Banaras Hindu University
10/9/2011 - 7/11/2012 Junior research fellow

I was given the responsibility to prepare double and single over expression constructs of stress responsible genes of high alitutde plants and transform Arabidopsis to develop abiotic stress resistance.

CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology

Professional appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
4/5/2011 - 28/7/2011 Research Assistant

I was appointed to collect field data on wildlife status along the rivers of the state of Uttarakhand in India.

Wildlife Institute of India
17/4/2019 -  HunterWISE Ambassador

Geetika works with high school female students to solve local community issues whilst helping them develop STEM skills.



For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.

Journal article (2 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2020 Fred-Ahmadu OH, Bhagwat G, Oluyoye I, Benson NU, Ayejuyo OO, Palanisami T, 'Interaction of chemical contaminants with microplastics: Principles and perspectives', Science of the Total Environment, 706 (2020) [C1]
DOI 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.135978
Citations Scopus - 5Web of Science - 3
Co-authors Thava Palanisami
2013 Bhardwaj PK, Kapoor R, Mala D, Bhagwat G, Acharya V, Singh AK, et al., 'Braving the attitude of altitude: Caragana jubata at work in cold desert of Himalaya', SCIENTIFIC REPORTS, 3 (2013)
DOI 10.1038/srep01022
Citations Scopus - 12Web of Science - 12

Miss Geetika Bhagwat

Contact Details

Email geetika.bhagwat@uon.edu.au
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