Current Group Members
Dr. Eser Yilmaz - Postdoctoral Scholar
Eser received her PhD in neurobiology from Pitt's School of Medicine. She was as postdoctoral scholar in our group from July 2016 through June 2017, and was responsible for setting up our cell culture laboratory and worked on toxic effects of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in the human liver. She was also a gifted mentor to our graduate students. She is currently a science teacher and Research Seminar Instructor at The Neighborhood Academy in Pittsburgh.
Manoochehr Khazaee - Graduate Researcher
Manoochehr received both his Bachelor and Masters degrees in Environmental Sciences from the University of Tehran, Iran. His current focus is to investigate the bioaccumulation of per- and polyfluorinated alkyl substances (PFAS) in fish and in plants and explore opportunities for remediation of contaminated water. Manoochehr joined the group in August 2016.
Weixiao Cheng - Graduate Researcher
Cheng received his Bachelor degree in Environmental Science from Shandong University, and a Master's Degree in Environmental Engineering from Zhejiang University. The focus of his PhD project is on the development and validation of computational approaches to predicting the behavior of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in biological systems. Cheng joined the group in August 2016.
Dr. Carla A. Ng
Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Pittsburgh
203 Benedum Hall
3700 O'Hara Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15262
Former Group Members
Megha Bedi - Graduate Researcher
Megha Bedi, a biologist by roots,has a Masters in Environmental Science and Technology from Thapar University, India. Her pursuit of knowledge led her to the University of Pittsburgh, where she is now enrolled as a doctoral student. She has published research in the field of groundwater and surface water pollution, modelling of ecosystems, stormwater management and wastewater treatment. Megha joined the group in August 2017; her current focus is on the accumulation of brominated flame retardants in traded seafood.
Zhaokai Dong - Graduate Researcher
Zhaokai received his Master's Degree in Hydraulics and River Dynamics from the China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research in 2017, and his Bachelor's in Water Resources and Hydropower Engineering from Shandong Agricultural University in 2014. He joined the group in August 2017 and is currently working on developing environmental fate models of emerging contaminants.
Trevor Sleight - Graduate Researcher
Trevor Sleight received his Bachelors in Engineering from Geneva College in Beaver Falls, PA, and his Master from the University of Pittsburgh. Trevor is co-advised by Dr Leanne Gilbertson and joined the groups in August 2018. His research focuses on modeling the degradation of Polyaromatic Hydrocarbon (PAH) mixtures.
Traci Clymer - Postdoctoral Scholar
Traci received her PhD in Computational Chemistry from Duquesne University in 2015, and joins us after a 2-year postdoctoral position at The George Washington University. She is co-advised by Dr. Leanne Gilbertson, and joined the groups in December 2018.