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Professor Kartik Chandran
Columbia University (USA)
Kartik Chandran is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University. He primarily works on the interface between environmental molecular and microbiology, environmental biotechnology and environmental engineering. Applications of his work have ranged from energy and resource efficient treatment of nitrogen containing wastewater streams, development and implementation of sustainable approaches to sanitation to novel models for resource recovery.
In 2015, he received the MacArthur Fellowship for his innovative work on "integrating microbial ecology, molecular biology, and engineering to transform wastewater from a troublesome pollutant to a valuable resource".
Chandran graduated with a B.S.(Honors) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Roorkee and obtained a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He conducted post-doctoral research at the University of Connecticut (1999-2001) and at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (2004-2005) and from 2001-2004, worked at Metcalf and Eddy.