Kara L. Nelson

Current PhD Students

 

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Karina Chavarria  

kari07cha(at)berkeley.edu

Karina’s research focuses on microbial ecosystems at the interface of drinking water infrastructure and environmental health in low- and middle-income countries. She focuses on the effects of intermittent water supply on bacterial diversity of drinking water to improve our understanding of water quality. Her broader research interests include waterborne pathogens, sustainable drinking water and sanitation, and wastewater reuse.

 

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Scott Miller 

miller.scottevan(at)gmail.com

Scott's research centers on the microbiology of potable water reuse, with a particular emphasis on the effects of direct potable reuse on microbial regrowth and bacterial community structure. His research intends to uncover if unique risks exist for introduction of highly treated wastewater into a potable water distribution system. His broader interests include pathogens in distribution systems, environmental microbiology, and science education.

 

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Erica Fuhrmeister  

efuhr(at)berkeley.edu

Erica’s research focuses on water and sanitation in low and middle income countries. She is currently working on a sanitation impact study in rural Bangladesh to assess if access to improved sanitation facilities reduces fecal contamination in the household environment. Her broader research interests include environmental microbiology, pathogen transmission and wastewater infrastructure.

 

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Lauren Kennedy

kennedylaurenc(at)berkeley.edu

Lauren is interested in the impact of disinfectants on microbial communities in drinking water distribution systems and in potable reuse systems.

 

 

Current Postdoctoral Researchers

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Rose Kantor

rkantor(at)berkeley.edu

Rose studies the microbial communities in water for potable reuse using meta-omics techniques. She is interested in changes to the distribution system microbial community with the introduction of advanced treated wastewater. More broadly, she is interested in the microbiology of engineered environments and microbial biotechnologies that improve environmental and human health.

 

Current Undergraduate Researchers

 

Former Lab Members

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Will Tarpeh, PhD 2017

Will is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

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Ileana Wald, Masters 2017

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Andrea Silverman, PhD 2013, Postdoc 2015-2016

andrea.silverman(at)nyu.edu

Andrea is currently an Assistant Professor of Environmental Health at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

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Anne Thebo, PhD

athebo(at)pacinst.org

Ann is currently a Senior Research Associate at the Pacific Institute.

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John Erickson, PhD 

john.j.erickson(at)gmail.com

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Andrew Torkelson, PhD 2015

aatorkelson(at)gmail.com

Andy is currently a consultant at Geosyntec.

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Mi Nguyen, PhD 2015 

mi.nguyentra(at)gmail.com

Mi is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Eawag in Dubendorf, Switzerland.  

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Fermin Reygadas, PhD 2014 

fermin(at)cantaroazul.org

Fermin is currently the Director of Fundacion Cantaro Azul a non-profit organization he co-founded that designs and implements safe water, hygiene, and sanitation programs in underserved communities.

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Rabia Chaudhry, PhD 2014

rabia999(at)gmail.com

Rabia is currently a AAAS Science and Technology Fellow in Washington, D.C.

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Jannis Wenk, Postdoc 2012-2014  

J.H.Wenk(at)bath.ac.uk

Jannis is currently a Lecturer in Chemical Engineering at the University of Bath, U.K.

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Emily Kumpel, PhD 2013

emily.kumpel(at)gmail.com

Emily Kumpel is postdoctoral researcher at The Aquaya Institute in Nairobi, Kenya.

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Temitope Ogunyoku, Postdoc 2011-2013

taogunyoku(at)gmail.com

Temitope Ogunyoku is currently at IBM Research-Africa in Nairobi, Kenya.

 

 

Postdoctoral researchers (current position): Jee Yeon Kim (2009-2010; Samsung Research Group); David Love (2007-2009; Johns Hopkins University); Allegra da Silva (2008-2009; CDM); Maria Raynal (2007-2008 ; Universidad National Autonoma de México); Tamar Kohn (2004-2006; école Polytéchnique Fédérale de Lausanne); Jose Antonio Barrios (2005; National Water Commission, México)

Ph.D. students: Sintana Vergara (May 2012; World Bank); Michael Fisher (July 2011; Microvi Technologies); Khalid Kadir (July 2010; lecturer, U.C. Berkeley); Ashley Murray (May 2009; Founder, Waste Enterprisers, Accra, Ghana); Gordon Williams (May 2009; Trussell Technologies); Sarah Silkie (August 2008); Brian Pecson (Fall 2006; Trussell Technologies); Tryg Lundquist (Fall 2006; Associate Professor, Cal State San Luis Obispo)

M.S. students: Deepak Subramanian, Alejandro Guido, Jeff Dahm, Forest Kaser, Micah Lang, Fermin Reygadas, Sarah Brownell, Hans Schwing, Amy Pickering, Alicia Chakrabati, IlJoo Yang, Matthew Tolcher 

B.S. students: Fikreselam Habebo, Katya Cherukumilli, Malavika Neti, Douglas Fabini, Joshua Song, Majid Khan, Brian Coox, Ofelia Romero, Rachel Peletz, April Wong, Sonia Lopez, Ali Kattan, Senem Surelli