Pooja is a Microbiologist in Punjab Agricultural University since 2018. She was an INSPIRE National fellowship holder from DST, New Delhi during her PhD and also qualified the ASRB-NET. She was awarded with two Gold medals for her excellence in academics during PhD and M Sc degree. She is currently working on Postharvest management of Horticultural crops along with quality analysis of water, waste water and all types of fresh and processed food products. She is handling researches on Fresh cut fruits and vegetables shelf life extension by the use of disinfection treatments, edible coatings and Modified atmosphere packaging techniques. She is also involved in the use of horticultural wastes for the production of valuable products by fermentation processes. She has published more than 35 publications including research papers, book chapters, review articles and popular articles on various aspects of fermentation, fresh cuts and value added products development.