School of Environmental Sciences
University of Guelph
Sukhdeep Sidhu is a post-doctoral fellow at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of Guelph. She completed her PhD in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from India in 2004. Her doctoral thesis was on isolation and characterization of drug resistant mutants of Saccharomyces serevisiae. She accepted her first post doctorate position at the State University of New York at Buffalo. There, she investigated the structure-function relationship and tissue- specific role of mammalian pyruvate dehydrogenase enzyme complex. She has a versatile experience as a science teacher in a high school in India and as a clinical research assistant at Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes, Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. In 2008, she joined the research group of Dr. Hung Lee and Dr. Jack Trevors at the University of Guelph to work on an interesting project on degradation of petroleum hydrocarbons by newly isolated Arthrobacter sp. UG50. From April 2010, she switched to Asia-Pacific Partnership (APP) project granted to Dr. Lee and his partners at University of British Columbia and Washington State University. Her main focus is to improve the tolerance of the native pentose-fermenting yeast Candida shehatae to inhibitors in lignocellulosic hydrolysates and to test its ability to ferment the sugars in selected pretreated hydrolysates to be provided by APP project partners.