Raskin Group Research

Biological water and wastewater treatment, anaerobic treatment, methanogens, sulfate-reducing bacteria, perchlorate-reducing bacteria, activated sludge foaming, activated sludge microbiology and system performance, treatment of food processing and agricultural waste streams, membrane bioreactors, antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance in the environment and in biological treatment systems, biofilms, molecular microbial ecology, molecular techniques in environmental microbiology, mathematical modeling of biological processes.

Research Projects

RESOURCE RECOVERY FROM WASTE STREAMS USING ANAEROBIC BIOTECHNOLOGY

Recovery of resources from urban waste streams through innovative anaerobic digestion systems
Students: Shilva Shrestha* (PhD), Brittany Colcord (MS), Maxim (MS, KU Leuven), Tjok (MS, KU Leuven)
Postdocs: Xavi Fonoll
Collaborators: Djessi Tchouty (Gabon)
Faculty: Lutgarde Raskin
(image coming soon!) AnMBR for low strength wastewater treatment
Students: Caroline van Steendam* (PhD), Tim Fairley (MS), Freddy Ordonez (MS), Sonja Gagen (PhD)
Faculty: Lutgarde Raskin, Steve Skerlos, Ilse Smets (KU Leuven)

 

WATER, SANITATION, & HYGIENE (WASH) IN LOW RESOURCE SETTINGS

(image coming soon!) Sustainability of arsenic removal from drinking water in Bangladesh
Students: Raghav Reddy* (PhD), Grace van Velden (PhD), Grace Rordriguez (MS)
Collaborators: Asia Arsenic Network (Bangladesh)
Faculty: Lutgarde Raskin, Kim Hayes, Arun Agrawal
(image coming soon!) Drinking water quality in Lambaréné, Gabon
Students: Matthew Vedrin* (PhD), Grace van Velden (PhD)
Collaborators: Organisation Ecotouristique du Lac Oguemoué (Gabon), Djessi Tchouty (Gabon), Franck Kumbe (Gabon)
Faculty: Lutgarde Raskin, Rebecca Hardin

 

MICROBIAL BIOMES IN DRINKING WATER AND WATER REUSE SYSTEMS

(image coming soon!) Non-tuberculosis mycobacteria (NTM) in ozone-biofiltration plants
Students: Kate Dowdell (PhD), Meghna Prasad (MS)
Postdocs: Melina Bautista*
Collaborators: Ann Arbor Drinking Water Treatment Plant
Faculty: Lutgarde Raskin, Terri Olson
(image coming soon!) Linking opportunistic bacterial pathogens in drinking water and Cystic Fibrosis
Students: Kate Dowdell*(PhD)
Faculty: Lutgarde Raskin, Sarah Haig (UPitt), John LiPuma, Lindsay Caverly
(image coming soon!) Quantifying opportunistic bacterial pathogens in aerosols
Postdocs: Yun Shen*
Faculty: Lutgarde Raskin, Sarah Haig (UPitt), Linsey Marr’s group (Virginia Tech)