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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 on forensic of Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
PFAS is a group of chemicals that are water-soluble. 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 University of Stuttgart in Germany and another M.Sc in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Texas Tech University.
My previous research was centered around the application of nanotechnology for environmental remediation aiming to promote layers of food safety in a global view. Research in nano-enabled agriculture is an interdisciplinary approach that links to the bio-geo-chemical engineering principles. Through a collaboration between the Zachary Department of Civil Engineering and the Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering of TAMU, our professional research team aims to provide safe food and a clean environment for the growing population.
Through my research career, our team has investigated:
- 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.
- 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