Earth Scientist
Earth Scientist


Arunima Bhattacharjee is an Earth scientist at the Environmental and Molecular Science Laboratory on the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory campus. Bhattacharjee has extensive experience in microfabrication, microbial biofilm engineering and microbe-mineral interactions. She pioneered the development of several TerraForms platforms for spatially visualizing biogeochemical processes in reduced complexity environments.

Research Interest

  • Mineral-microbe interactions  

  • Microbial biofilms 

  • Microbial extracellular polymeric substance characterization 


  • PhD in Materials Science and Engineering, University of California, Irvine 

  • MS in Nanoscience, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University 

  • BT in Bioengineering, Swami Ramanand Teerth Marathwada University 

Awards and Recognitions

  • Schlumberger Faculty for Future Award, Schlumberger Foundation (2015 – 2017) 

  • American Society for Microbiology Science Teaching Fellow, American Society for Microbiology (2016) 

  • Travel Award, National Science Foundation, American Society for Microbiology (2014) 



Bhattacharjee, A., A. M. Thompson, K. C. Schwarz, M. C. Burnet, Y. M. Kim, J. R. Nunez, S. J. Fansler, Y. Farris, C. J. Brislawn, T. O. Metz, R. S. McClure, R. S. Renslow, L. Shor, J. K. Jansson, K. S. Hofmockel, and C. R. Anderton. 2020. “Soil Microbial EPS Resiliency Is Influenced by Carbon Source Accessibility.” Soil Biology and Biochemistry 151.

Bhattacharjee, A., D. Velickovic, T. W. Wietsma, S. L. Bell, J. K. Jansson, K. S. Hofmockel, and C. R. Anderton. 2020. “Visualizing Microbial Community Dynamics Via a Controllable Soil Environment.” mSystems 5 (1).

Veličković, D., G. Zhang, D. Bezbradica, A. Bhattacharjee, L. Paša-Tolić, K. Sharma, T. Alexandrov, C. R. Anderton, and K. Consortium. 2020. “Response Surface Methodology as a New Approach for Finding Optimal MALDI Matrix Spraying Parameters for Mass Spectrometry Imaging.” Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry 31 (3): 508-516.

D. Naylor, N. Sadler, A. Bhattacharjee, E. B. Graham, C. R. Anderton, R. McClure, M. Lipton, K. S. Hofmockel, and J. K. Jansson, Soil Microbiomes Under Climate Change and Implications for Carbon Cycling, Annual Reviews of the Environment and Resources, 45 (2020).