Shilva

Degrees: 
-Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, MI (Sept 2016-Present)
-Masters in Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawaii
-B.Tech in Biotechnology, Kathmandu University, Nepal

Areas of Interest: Biochemical and bioenergy production from biomass/waste stream

Research Project

  • For my PhD, I am studying the production of platform chemicals from waste streams using anaerobic technology.

Honors and Awards 
. NSF conference grant for S1041, The Science and Engineering for a
Bio-based Industry and Economy Annual Meeting and Symposium in Wooster
. College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources (CTAHR) Travel Award
. Marquette University R.E. Speece Fellowship
· CTAHR MS Student Oral Presentation Award of Merit
· Nepal Vidhya Bhushan C, Nepal Government
· Nepal Chatra Vidya Padak, Nepal Government
· Vice Chancellor Gold Medal, Kathamandu University

Peer Reviewed Journal Articles 
-Sawatdeenarunat, C., Nguyen, D., Surendra, K.C., Shrestha, S., Rajendran, K., Oechsner, H., Xie, L. and Khanal, S.K., 2016. Anaerobic biorefinery: Current status, challenges, and opportunities. Bioresource technology, 215, pp.304-313.

-Surendra, K.C., Sawatdeenarunat, C., Shrestha, S., Sung, S. and Khanal, S.K., 2015. Anaerobic digestion-based biorefinery for bioenergy and biobased products. Industrial Biotechnology, 11(2), pp.103-112.

– Karki, T., Shrestha, S., Bohara, B., & Jyakhwa, U. (2014). Characterization and comparison of soy milk and buffalo milk based synbiotic product. Journal of Food Science and Technology Nepal, 8, 23-29.

-Shrestha, S., Fonoll, X., Mata-Alvarez, J., Khanal, S.K. & Raskin, L. (2017). Anaerobic co-digestion of lignocellulosic biomass and cow manure using rumen content as inoculum.(In preparation)

-Fonoll, X., Shrestha, S., Dosta Parras, J., Mata-Alvarez, J., Khanal, S.K. & Raskin, L. (2017). Anaerobic digestion of lignocellulosic biomass with cow manure and rumen content as potential co-substrates.(In preparation)

-Nguyen, D., Wu, Z., Shrestha, S., Lee, P., Raskin, L., Khanal, S. (2017). Oxidation-reduction potential (ORP)-based micro-aeration for anaerobic digestion process stability: Evaluation of microbial communities and mechanism.(In preparation)

-Shrestha, S., Fonoll, X., Raskin, L. & Khanal, S.K. Strategies for enhanced hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass during anaerobic digestion: A review that links process engineering and microbiology. (In preparation)

Conference Presentation 

-Shrestha, S., Fonoll, X., Raskin, L. Production of high value chemicals from urban organic wastes streams using anaerobic bioreactor systems. To be presented at IWA 15th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion. Beijing, China, 10/2017

-Fonoll, X., Shrestha, S., Nielsen, M., Raskin, L. Dynamic membrane bioreactor based on rumen fermentation to improve hydrolysis in anaerobic digestion of lignocellulosic substrates. To be presented at IWA 15th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion. Beijing, China, 10/2017

-Nguyen, D., Lee, P., Shrestha, S., Raskin, L., Khanal, S. Automated micro-aeration system for enhancing the process stability of anaerobic digestion at high organic loading rates. To be presented at IWA 15th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion. Beijing, China, 10/2017

-Fonoll, X., Shrestha, S., Nielsen, M., Raskin, L. Design of a novel dynamic membrane bioreactor based on rumen fermentation: Improving hydrolysis in anaerobic systems. To be presented at AEESP Conference. Ann Arbor, Michigan, 06/2017

-Shrestha, S., Fonoll, X., Mata-Alvarez, J., Dosta Parras, J., Khanal, S.K. & Raskin, L. Natural strategies for enhanced biogas production from anaerobic digestion of lignocellulosic biomass. To be presented at 3rd International Conference on Biogas Microbiology. Wageningen, Netherlands, 05/17

-Shrestha, S., Fonoll, X., Nielsen, M., Raskin, L. Production of platform chemicals from organic waste streams using novel anaerobic systems with dynamic membranes. Poster presentation at Borchardt Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 02/2017

-Fonoll, X., Shrestha, S., Mata-Alvarez, J., Khanal, S., Raskin, L., Natural strategies for enhances biogas production from anaerobic digestion of lignocellulosic biomass. Poster presentation at Borchardt Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 02/2017

-Fonoll, X., Shrestha, S., Nielsen, M., Raskin, L., Production of platform chemicals from organic waste streams using novel anaerobic systems with dynamic membranes. Poster presentation at MUSE Conference, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 02/2017

-Shrestha, S., Fonoll, X., Mata-Alvarez, J., Raskin, L., Khanal, S.K., Anaerobic co-digestion of lignocellulosic biomass and cow manure using rumen contents as inoculum. 14th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion, Viña del Mar, Chile, 11/2015.

-Fonoll, X., Shrestha, S., Mata-Alvarez, J., Raskin, L., Khanal, S.K., Anaerobic digestion of lignocellulosic biomass with cow manure and rumen as potential co-substrates. 14th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion, Viña del Mar, Chile, 11/2015

-Shrestha, S., Fonoll, X., Mata-Alvarez, J., Raskin, L., Khanal, S.K., Anaerobic digestion of lignocellulosic biomass using rumen contents for enhanced biogas production. S-1041 Annual Meeting and Symposium, Ohio, USA, 08/2015

-Shrestha, S., Fonoll, X., Raskin, L. & Khanal, S.K. Anaerobic Digestion of Lignocellulosic Biomass Using Rumen Contents for Enhanced Biogas Production. CTAHR and COE Student Research Symposium, Hawaii, USA, 04/2015

Other Interests: Reading, hiking/camping and cooking

Contact Information: shilva@umich.edu; 734-845-4614