Natural and Applied Sciences


About the Guest Lecturer

Kartik Chandran, Ph.D.

Kartik Chandran is a Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Engineering at Columbia University Dr. Kartik pictureand a global leader in sustainable wastewater treatment and engineered resource recovery. Chandran’s work is enabled through understanding and harnessing the biochemical potential and metabolism of microbial communities and developing appropriate technologies towards addressing global environmental and societal needs.  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. In 2015, Chandran 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". More details on his work can be found at