We are a dynamic group of researchers driven by a shared passion for pioneering research in the realm of resource recovery from organic waste streams.
Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Health and Engineering (July 2023-Present)
Postdoctoral researcher, Joint BioEnergy Institute, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab (Jan 2021-June 2023)
Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
MS in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii
B. Tech in Biotechnology, Kathmandu University, Nepal
I enjoy reading books, drawing, and hiking
Dr. Shilva Shrestha
NUHU is a PhD student in Shrestha’s lab, passionate about making clean and affordable energy accessible while protecting the environment. His research focuses on converting organic waste into biofuels and biochemicals using advanced biotechnologies. This approach not only tackles waste management but also offers sustainable alternatives to fossil fuels, benefiting the economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Master's Degree of Science, Environmental Engineering & Technology: Ghent University, Belgium
Bachelor's Degree of Engineering, Water Resrouces and Environmental Engineering: Ahmadu Bello University, Nigeria
MCCA production via chain elongation technology
I can speak Hausa, Jarawa, and English! I've visited the Netherlands, Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Slovakia, Germany, Austria, Egypt, Spain, Greece, Poland, Italy, UAE, Turkey, and Hungary!
Xuejiao is curious about advanced techniques in the environmental engineering field. Her Ph.D. research mainly focuses on carbon-rich waste stream recovery via chain elongation by microbial methods on the carboxylic acid platform.
Master's Degree of Science: University of Tuebingen, Germany
Bachelor's Degree of Engineering: DaLian University of Technology, China
Waste stream recovery via chain elongation
Biochemical methane potential and anaerobic toxicity assay by co-substrate digestion
Degredation of DEET in wastewater
I have a terrible sense of direction!
Marisa is currently in the Master’s portion of her BS/MSE degree in Geography and Environmental Engineering. She’s interested in using engineering to solve environmental justice issues, especially related to food and water security. She’s currently exploring her broad interest in sustainable food systems, specifically the different ways to recover resources from food waste.
Bachelor's Degree of Engineering: Johns Hopkins University
Food waste diversion from landfills
Using systems approaches to address food insecurity in urban areas
Challenges with nutrient management on farms and in waste systems
I enjoy playing ultimate frisbee in my free time!
Yitao Zong is a master's student in Geography and Environmental Engineering. His interest lies in utilizing microorganisms to degrade environmental pollutants and reduce carbon emissions. Currently, he is working on designing a microaeration bioreactor.
Bachelor's Degree of Art: University of California, San Diego, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.
Carbon cycle emission management.
Microbial-mediated pollutant degradation.
Microaeration-based bioengineered system.
Pet lover. I have many cats and an Alaskan Malamute!
Yurui is a 4th year undergraduate student studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and minoring in Visual Arts. She's interested in oral biofilm and advocates for innovative methods to address food and water security!
Synthetic biology and pharmacokinetics
Process design and bioreactor optimization
I designed this website! :)
Sunny is a 3rd year undergraduate student studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and minoring in Environmental Engineering. She is interested in studying microbial communities!
Resource recovery from waste stream
My hometown is San Jose, California!
Adalee is a 4th year undergraduate student studying Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and minoring in Entrepreneurship and Management.
Ethics of food and agricultural policy
Ulterior effects of ingredients and substances used in processing in the gut microbiome
I can name and locate every country on the planet, and I love doing any kind of outdoor activity!