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Niyousha Mohammadshafie

Education: Niyousha received her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering at Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran in 2015, where her undergraduate research was primarily focused on scaffold design for spinal cord recovery using stem cells. Niyousha then obtained her masters degree at Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio in 2018. As a part of her masters studies, Niyousha’s research centered around the development of DNA wrapped carbon nanotubes and their application in bioimaging and biosensing.

PhD: In January 2019 Niyousha joined the Haig research group in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Pittsburgh where she is excited to pursue her PhD. Within Prof. Haig’s research group Niyousha will study the drinking water microbiome and its role in human health by applying both traditional microbiology and cutting-edge research techniques.

Fun facts: Niyousha loves birds, books, research and sleep! 

Contact: nim111@pitt.edu and follow on Twitter - @MNiyousha 

ISAIAH SPENCER-WILLIAMS

Education: I graduated in April 2019 with an undergraduate degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh . My research interests include water quality, water chemistry, water conservation and access, and the use of sustainable technologies in developing communities. During my senior year I worked with Drs. Haig and Casson to study the effects of corrosion control (orthophosphate) on the microbial community in premise plumbing and the drinking water distribution system.

PhD: I will be starting my PhD in the Haig research group in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Pittsburgh in Fall 2019.

Hobbies: Playing soccer, writing and performing poetry, and being a participant in the Pittsburgh Chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers.

Contact: ims17@pitt.edu

SARAH PITELL

Education: I completed my undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the College of Wooster in Wooster, OH in the spring of 2019. During my studies, my research interests centered around water treatment where I worked on assessing the effects of wastewater disinfection on pharmaceutical degradation, implementing anaerobic wastewater treatment in a direct potable reuse train. My undergraduate thesis focused on enzyme immobilization and activity in Swellable Organically Modified Silica.

PhD: I will continue my studies as a PhD student in the Haig research group at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA, starting Fall 2019. I hopes to study the effectiveness of using microbes to solve engineering problems, with my first project focusing on bio-concrete.