Ph.D. Molecular microbial ecology, International Max Planck Research School, Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology, Marburg, Germany, Feb 2007
M.S. Bioprocess Technology, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand, 08/2003
Associate Project Specialist in the Energy Biosciences Institute (Prof. John Coates lab), University of California, Berkeley, USA, 03/2014-
Senior research fellow in the Department of Microbiology (Prof. Derek Lovley lab), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, 12/ 2012 -02/2014
Post-doctoral research associate in the Department of Microbiology (Prof. Derek Lovley lab), University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, 12/ 2010 -11/2012
Post-doctoral research fellow in the Max Planck Institute for Terrestrial Microbiology (Dr. Werner Liesack lab), Marburg, Germany, 03/2007- 08/ 2010
22. Shrestha, PM*, Malvankar NS, Werner J, Rotaru, AE, Franks, AE, Shrestha, M, Liu, F, Angenent, LT and Lovley, DR. (2014). Correlation between microbial community and granule conductivity in anaerobic bioreactors for brewery wastewater treatment. Bioresource Technology. In press
21. Shrestha PM*, Rotaru AE (2014). Plugging in or Going Wireless: Strategies for Interspecies Electron Transfer. Frontiers in Microbiology. DOI 10.3389/fmicb.2014.00237.
20. Rotaru AE, Shrestha PM, Liu F, Markovaite B, Chen S, Nevin K, Lovley DR (2014). Direct Interspecies Electron Transfer Between Geobacter metallireducens and Methanosarcina barkeri. Applied and Environ Microb. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00895-14.
19. Liu F, Rotaru AE, Shrestha PM, Malvankar NS, Nevin KP, Lovley, DR (2014). Magnetite substitutes for a c-type cytochrome in extracellular electron exchange. Environmental Microbiology. DOI: 10.1111/1462-2920.12485
18. Smith JA, Tremblay PL, Shrestha PM, Snoeyenbos-West OL, Franks AE, Nevin KP, Lovley DR (2014). Going wireless: Fe(III) oxide reduction without Pili by Geobacter sulfurreducens strain JS-1. Applied and Environ Microb. DOI. 10.1128/AEM.01122-14 .
17. Cheng S, Rotaru AE, Shrestha PM, Malvankar N, Nevin K, Lovley DR (2014). Promoting interspecies electron transfer with biochar. Scientific Reports. DOI:10.1038/srep05019.
16. Rotaru AE¹, Shrestha PM¹, Liu F, Shrestha M, Shrestha D, Wardman C, Embree M, Zengler K, Nevin K, Lovley DR (2014). A new model of electron flow during anaerobic digestion: direct interspecies electron transfer to Methanosaeta. Energy and Environmental Science. DOI: 10.1039/C3EE42189A. ¹ Equal contribution
15. Nagarajan H, Embree M, Rotaru AE, Shrestha PM, Feist AM, Palson BO, Lovley DR, Zengler K (2013). A multilevel characterization of interspecies electron transfer mechanisms and microbial community dynamics of syntrohic associations. Nature communications. 4:2809 (appeared as a research highlight - Disentangling syntrophy. Nature Reviews Microbiology 12:7).
14. Shrestha PM*, Rotaru A-E, Aklujkar M, Liu F, Shrestha M, Summers ZM, Malvankar N, Flores DC, Lovley DR (2013). Syntrophic growth with direct interspecies electron transfer as the primary mechanism for energy exchange. Environ Microb Rep. doi: 10.1111/1758-2229.12093.
13. Shrestha PM*, Nevin K, Shrestha M, Lovley DR (2013). When is a microbial culture “pure”? Persistent cryptic contaminant escapes detection even with deep genome sequencing. mBio00591-12 (appeared as a research highlight - An impure “pure culture” Nature Reviews Microbiology 11:301).
12. Shrestha PM*, Rotaru A-E, Summers ZM, Shrestha M, Liu F, Lovley DR (2013). Transcriptomic and genetic analysis of direct interspecies electron transfer. Applied and environmental microbiology. doi: 10.1128/AEM.03837-12 (Article of significant interest selected by Editors: Metatranscriptomics Reveals Mechanisms for Direct Interspecies Electron Transfer. Applied Environ Microbio 79: 2111. DOI: 10.1128/AEM.00419-13)
11. Rotaru A-E, Shrestha PM, Liu F, Ueki T, Summers ZM, Lovley DR (2012). Interspecies electron transfer via hydrogen and formate rather than direct electrical connections in co-cultures of Pelobacter carbinolicus and Geobacter sulfurreducens. Applied and environmental microbiology. 78:7645-7651.
10. Liu F, Rotaru AE, Shrestha PM, Malvankar NS, Nevin KP, Lovley DR (2012). Promoting direct interspecies electron transfer with activated carbon. Energy Environmental Science. 5: 8982-8989.
9. Shrestha PM, Kammann C, Lenhart K, Dam B, Liesack W (2012). Linking activity, composition and seasonal dynamics of atmospheric methane oxidizers in a meadow soil. The ISME journal 6: 1115-1126.
8. Lovley DR, Ueki T, Zhang T, Malvankar NS, Shrestha PM, Flanagan KA et al (2011). Geobacter: the microbe electric's physiology, ecology, and practical applications. Advances in Microbial Physiology 59: 1-100.
7. Shrestha M, Shrestha PM, Conrad R (2011). Bacterial and archaeal communities involved in the in situ degradation of 13C-labelled straw in the rice rhizosphere. Environmental Microbiology Reports 3: 587–596.
6. Shrestha M, Shrestha PM, Frenzel P, Conrad R (2010). Effect of nitrogen fertilization on methane oxidation, abundance, community structure, and gene expression of methanotrophs in the rice rhizosphere. The ISME journal 4: 1545-1556.
5. Mettel C, Kim Y, Shrestha PM, Liesack W (2010). Extraction of mRNA from soil. Applied and environmental microbiology 76: 5995-6000.
4. Glockner J, Kube M, Shrestha PM, Weber M, Glockner FO, Reinhardt Ret al (2010). Phylogenetic diversity and metagenomics of candidate division OP3. Environmental microbiology 12: 1218-1229.
2007 to 2009
3. Shrestha PM, Kube M, Reinhardt R, Liesack W (2009). Transcriptional activity of paddy soil bacterial communities. Environmental microbiology. 11: 960-970.
2. Shrestha M, Abraham WR, Shrestha PM, Noll M, Conrad R (2008). Activity and composition of methanotrophic bacterial communities in planted rice soil studied by flux measurements, analyses of pmoA gene and stable isotope probing of phospholipid fatty acids. Environmental microbiology. 10: 400-412.
1. Shrestha PM, Noll M, Liesack W (2007). Phylogenetic identity, growth-response time and rRNA operon copy number of soil bacteria indicate different stages of community succession. Environmental microbiology 9: 2464-2474.