Dr. Baerbel Sinha

(Group Leader)

   Associate Professor

Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) Mohali.

Email: Available at IISER Mohali webpage 


Dr. Baerbel Sinha is an Associate Professor at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Mohali (IISER Mohali) her work focusses on mechanistic understanding of particulate matter pollution and the impact of particulate matter on rainfall and climate change.

Prior to joining IISER Mohali in September 2011, Dr. Sinha worked at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz, Germany for seven years as a doctoral and postdoctoral research scientist first in the biogeochemistry division led by Prof. Meinrat O. Andreae, and later in the particle chemistry division lead by Prof. Borrman. Her doctoral thesis was awarded the highest grade possible for a PhD thesis in Germany (summa cum laude) in 2007. She developed a method to measure stable sulphur isotope ratios in individual aerosol particles and was honoured with the International Journal of Mass Spectrometry Best Student Paper Award awarded by American Society for Mass Spectrometry in Philadelphia, USA, 2009.

She did her Master of Science (MSc in Archaeological Sciences) in 2004 from Technical University Bergakademie Freiberg in Germany. Her MSc studies were supported by a Fellowship from the German Merit foundation.

Dr. Sinha is known internationally for state-of-the art experimental studies on in individual particles, and biological samples where she had demonstrated creativity, excellence and innovation in both analytical technique application and data interpretation. Her pioneering work contributed significantly towards three publications in Science (Pöschl et al. Science, 2010, Pöhlker et al. Science 2012, Harris, Sinha et al. Science 2013) and one publication in PNAS (Musat et al. 2008).

Starting with the results of her BSc and MSc thesis, Dr. Sinha has authored and co-authored 70 scientific publications including 20 peer reviewed international journal publications and has acted as reviewer for a number of Journals including Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (ACP), Science of the Total Environment, Chemical Geology, Journal of Geophysical Research - Atmospheres (JGR)