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  • Ph.D. Texas A&M University                                                                                     Linked in
  • M.Sc. Texas Tech University                                                                                          ORCID
  • M.Sc. Stuttgart University, Germany                                                                           Publon

I am a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. Currently, we are working on the source tracking of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).


PFAS is a group of chemicals that are thermally resistant, water-soluble and no readily biodegradable. PFAS chemicals have numerous important industrial applications, which widely increase their environmental exposure. They have been frequently detected and reported in drinking water resources.

Therefore, there is a serious concern regarding their toxic effects on human health. The dietary pathway is the main route of the human uptake of PFAS. Their persistence in environmental, bioaccumulation in food webs, as well as their toxicity, depends on their complex chemistry in the environment. We are aiming to understand their environmental fate and behavior in soil and water bodies.

I received my Ph.D. with a focus on the environmental fate of nanoparticles and heavy metals in agricultural soils from Texas A&M University, College Station. Fall 2019, I was a Lab Instructor for the class of Agri-Material Process Engineering (Picture below), which helped me to implement the teaching skills that I have learned in different professional pedagogy workshops.

Two renowned universities have polished my academic expertise, an M.Sc in Environmental and Process Engineering from the University of Stuttgart in Germany and another M.Sc  in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Texas Tech University. 

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Past and Ongoing Research


  • Surface adsorption of heavy metals/metalloids onto nanoparticles in aqueous and nonaqueous environmental compartments.
  • Biological activities of the microbial community in the plant root zone in exposure to nanoparticles
  • Environmental fate of heavy metals and metalloids in soil, water, and dietary plants.
  • The underlying mechanism of  Engineered Nanoparticles interaction with different crops; grains, vegetables, and soil components and irrigation water.

Research Interests


Environmental Fate of Contaminant
 Phytotoxicity    
 Transport Mechanism   potential
Uptake and Translocation    
Bioaccumulation