About Me

I joined the Masdar Institute as assistant professor in Chemical Engineering in 2011. Prior to joining Masdar Institute, I was a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In this role I led a team of graduate and undergraduate students in the characterization of microbial communities isolated from a Carbon Sequestration injection site.

My laboratory, Microbial Environmental and Chemical Engineering Laboratory (MECEL), focuses on applying biotechnology tools and engineering principles to environmental microbial systems to address challenges facing society in the areas of food, water, diminishing nutritional resources, and bioremediation of ecosystems in the United Arab Emirates. The MECEL team is working on isolating and characterizing microalgae species from the United Arab Emirates, identifying the microbial composition of camel gut ecosystem, identifying microbes from the desert for soil regeneration, and identifying microbial populations that can be used for bioremediation of harmful chemical compounds released in the environment.

You can read more about the laboratory’s work at: MECEL

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