EML comprises of lab sub-units which together constitute the overall lab setup. There are functions and resources that are shared by units or sometimes, accessed by only a select group. While the unit head who is generally a Sr. research scientist, supervises his/her unit’s work, the residual responsibility and authority ultimately vests with the Lab head for all the functions.
Given below are the overall work units based on areas of study/research:
a) Faecal Sludge and Septage Management unit: Research and analysis work in management of faecal sludge, sewered and unsewered sanitation
b) Food Safety and Toxins Unit: Research and analysis work related to safety, quality and nutrition of processed and raw food products.
c) Environmental Monitoring Unit: Monitoring of ambient environmental conditions such as air quality, noise levels, EM radiations, surface and sub-surface water quality etc.
d) Environmental Data and Analytics Unit: Data analysis, drawing statistical inferences and modeling of environmental conditions
All the units operate within the Lab framework and have designated manpower based on the skill and expertise required in that unit.
Physically, lab has many sub-divisions within, each catering to a specific area of lab analysis:
i. Analytical Chemistry Lab
ii. Microbiology and Parasitology Lab
iii. Spectroscopy Lab
iv. Chromatography Lab
v. Molecular Biology Lab
EML works with teams within CSE for different studies, such as Water team, Food Safety team, Green Industry team etc and also collaborates with research groups/labs from outside.