Dr. Ergas and I inside of the University of South Florida’s Interdisciplinary Research Building where our lab is located

Dr. Ergas and I inside of the University of South Florida’s Interdisciplinary Research Building where our lab is located

Welcome to my website! I’m an Environmental Engineering PhD student at the University of South Florida (USF). I am a member of the USF Reclaim Environmental Engineering Lab and advised by Dr. Sarina Ergas.

Our research seeks to develop inexpensive, low-complexity, and sustainable engineered systems for biologically removing nitrate from small community drinking water systems. My research interests also includes using similar technologies, such as constructed wetlands, for treating wastewater.

Examining a mineral specimen that we use as a material in our engineered systems.

Examining a mineral specimen that we use as a material in our engineered systems.

We are using an interdisciplinary approach to optimize our engineered systems for potential application. Molecular biology and bioinformatic tools are applied to study the underlying biological processes occurring during the nitrate removal process. We examine microbial diversity, abundance, and evolution to gain insight into the “key players” of the treatment process. Knowledge acquired from these endeavors can be combined with engineering principles to refine our systems’ design and enhance performance.

Feel free to explore this website for additional information on my research experiences, community engagement, and more!