Dr. Devanita Ghosh

I have an interdisciplinary background, with a Master’s in Microbiology and then a PhD in Organic Geochemistry from Linköping University, Sweden. I have participated and lead International and National (India) projects/ collaborations. I am also leading the Women’s Network Cell of Asia Oceania Geosciences Society. I am also working as Associate, Guest Editor and Reviewer of several reputed international journals.


I am currently working on a Vidi project towards unravelling of the mechanisms of microbial Arsenic-removal by suppressed Fe2+ oxidation at Water Labs- Sanitary Engineering, CiTG, TU Delft. My background is Biogeochemistry.

Prior to starting my research, I spent 5 years as a Tenure track faculty at IISc Bangalore, India where I’ve worked on geochemical process that affect the subsurface mobilisation of arsenic and other hazardous elements in the groundwater of Indo-Gangetic plain.

My research project focusses on the chemical characterisation multiple recalcitrant biomarkers such as natural lipids that can be considered as environmental indicators/ proxies to understand a system. They can also can as paleoclimatic signatures. I also work on other non-recalcitrant biomarkers such as nucleic acids (metagenomics/ functional gene characterisation), proteins (meta-proteomics), amino acids and humic acids (Natural Organic Carbon- NOC) in various environmental niches. I try to understand the effect of hazardous elements on biological system and vice-versa.

Key publications

  1. Annaduzzaman A, Rietveld LC, Ghosh D, Hoque BA, van Halem D. (2021) Anoxic storage to promote arsenic removal with groundwater-native iron. Water Research, 117404. doi: 10.1016/j.watres.2021.117404
  2. Chikkanna A, Ghosh D*, Sajeev K. (2021) Bio-weathering of granites from Eastern Dharwar Craton (India): A tango of bacterial metabolism and mineral chemistry. Biogeochemistry, 153(3): 303-322. doi: 10.1007/s10533-021-00791-x
  3. Kumar S, Ghosh D, Donselaar ME, Burgers F, Ghosh A. (2021) Clay-plug sediment as the locus of arsenic pollution in Holocene alluvial-plain aquifers. CATENA, 202: 105255. doi: 10.1016/j.catena.2021.105255
  4. Ghosh D*, Kumar S, Donselaar ME, Corroto C, Ghosh A. (2021) Organic Carbon transport model of abandoned river channels- a motif for floodplain geomorphology influencing biogeochemical swaying of arsenic. Science of the Total Environment, 762: 144400. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020.144400
  5. Kavil SP, Ghosh D*, Pašić I, Routh J. (2020) Temporal dynamics of Arsenic uptake and distribution: Food and water risks in the Bengal basin. Toxicological & Environmental Chemistry, 102; 62-77. doi: 10.1080/02772248.2020.1767781
  6. Ghosh D, Routh J, Bhadury P. (2015) Characterization and microbial utilization of dissolved lipid organic fraction in arsenic impacted aquifers (India). Journal of Hydrology, 527:221-233. doi: 10.1016/j.jhydrol.2015.04.051
  7. Shrivastava A^, Ghosh D^, Dash A, Bose S. (2015) Arsenic Contamination in Soil and Sediment in India: Sources, Effects, and Remediation. Current Pollution Report; 1:35-46. doi: 10.1007/s40726-015-0004-2. ^Equal contribution
  8. Ghosh D, Bhadury P, Routh J. (2014) Diversity of arsenite oxidizing bacterial communities in arsenic-rich deltaic aquifers in West Bengal, India. Frontiers in Microbiology, 5:602. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00602

Devanita Ghosh

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