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Personal Statement

David is a biologist and a legal scholar. He began his career as a Doctoral research scholar working in the biodiversity rich tropical rain forests of Great Nicobar Island (India) in the Indian Ocean. David investigated how ecosystem structure and function is influenced by the interactions between mycorrhizas and plants. After completing his Ph.D., David joined the UNDP-GEF program in India as an Environmental Consultant. As a GEF-Environment Consultant David learnt to appreciate the important link between scientific knowledge and policy making. After a short tenure with the UNDP-GEF, David took up a full time faculty position at Department of Environmental Studies in the University of Delhi.

David’s research is on ecological organization at all levels of community structure from microscopic bacteria and fungi to the macroscopic Gharial crocodiles!

Working on the ecological role of microorganisms, David developed an appreciation of the immense economic value and consequent vulnerability of microorganisms to biopiracy. David has been studying how lacuna in international legal instruments can serve as barriers to indigenous communities and local farmers to economic benefits accruing from microorganisms.

David is a Marie Curie Fellow (Horizon 2020) at the Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. He is working with Dr. Saskia Vermeylen on a project on Microbial Commons.

Arbuscular mycorrhizal diversity and plant community patterns in the insular tropical rainforest ecosystem of Great Nicobar Biosphere Reserve

Academic / Professional qualifications

Ph.D in Microbiology, University of Delhi

M.Sc. in Environmental Studies, University of Delhi

LL.B., University of Delhi

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Science, University of Delhi

Master in Science, University of Delhi

Bachelor of Laws, University of Delhi

External positions

Professor, University of Delhi


  • Microbial commons
  • Intellectual Property
  • Agricultural microbes
  • Ecology
  • Environmental laws


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