the team

Prof. satinder kaur brar

Professor Satinder Kaur Brar, holding the esteemed position of James and Joanne Love Chair in Environmental Engineering within the Department of Civil Engineering at the Lassonde School of Engineering, York University, epitomizes the pinnacle of academic and research excellence. Her illustrious academic journey commenced with a Master’s degree in Organic Chemistry from the National Chemical Laboratory, Pune, India, followed by a Master’s degree in Technology in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay. Culminating her academic pursuits, she obtained a Ph.D. in Environmental Biotechnology from INRS, Quebec, Canada, in 2007.

Upon completing a post-doctoral fellowship at McGill University, Professor Brar embarked on her academic career as an Assistant Professor at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) in Quebec, establishing herself as a vanguard in the realm of environmental biotechnology. Her research endeavors are primarily focused on the valorization of wastewater and sludge, aiming to develop valuable bioproducts such as enzymes, organic acids, platform chemicals, biopesticides, biocontrol agents, butanol, and biohydrogen. Concurrently, she delves into the environmental fate of endocrine-disrupting compounds, pharmaceuticals, nanoparticles, and other toxic organic entities, striving to elucidate effective biological detoxification methodologies.

Professor Brar’s contributions to advanced and applied biotechnology are not confined within academic circles but have made significant global impacts. Her pioneering work on biopesticides and biofertilizers derived from wastewaters has found practical applications in diverse geographies including Vietnam, Morocco, Ivory Coast, Thailand, Mexico, and India. This global resonance of her work is further evidenced by her invitations to share insights and findings across prestigious international platforms, including the academies of sciences in Germany, Mexico, India, and China, focusing on solid waste valorization and the fate of emerging contaminants.

Renowned for her innovative research, Professor Brar is recognized as one of the most distinguished and impactful researchers in her field. Her expertise and research acumen have been sought after by grant agencies across the globe, including but not limited to France, Switzerland, Spain, Germany, Poland, Austria, Malaysia, Australia, the United States, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and India, where she serves as a revered reviewer and expert panelist. In sum, Professor Satinder Kaur Brar stands as a beacon of academic and research excellence, whose contributions continue to inspire and shape the landscape of environmental engineering and applied biotechnology worldwide.

research associates

dr. rama pulicharla

dr. joanna lecka

post doctoral fellows

dr. carlos saul osorio gonzalez

dr. rahul saini


dr. seyyed mohammadreza davoodi

Phd students

Mohammed hossein karimi darvanjooghi


Research Area: Bioremediation & Resource Recovery

Research project: Bio-oxidation process of Bio-heaps from golden extraction process.

Previous Education: B.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran (2012)

M.Sc. Chemical Engineering-Process Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Iran (2015)

Gurpreet Kaur

Research Area: Bioremediation

Research project: Effect of Geothermal heating on BTEX degradation in groundwater sources

Previous Education: M.Tech. Biotechnology (5 years integrated course), SGGSW University, India (2012-2017)

Pratishtha Khurana


Research Area: Emerging Contaminants

Research project: Antibiotic-Metal Complexation in Wastewater Conditions. 

Previous Education: B.Sc. Chemistry, Delhi University, India (2017) 

M.Sc. Chemistry, Indian Institute of Technology, India (2019) 

Behnam Nayebi

Research Area: Emerging Contaminants

Research project: Detection and characterization of microplastics in the water and sediments of Lake Ontario.

Previous Education: B.Eng. Civil/Hydraulic Structures engineering, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran (2015).

M.Sc. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran (2018).

Reema kumar


Research Area: Resource Recovery

Research project: Production of Volatile fatty acids from food waste. 

Previous Education: B.Sc. (Hons) Biological Sciences, Delhi University, India (2017)

M.Sc. Microbiology, Jamia Millia Islamia University, India (2020)

Lachi wankhede

Research Area: Resource Recovery

Research project: Metabolic Adaptation to Enhance Lipid Accumulation in Oleaginous Yeast using Renewable Substrate. 

Previous Education: B.Tech Biotechnology, Pune university, India (2019) 

M.Tech Bioprocess Engineering, IIT Roorkee, India (2022)

gaurav bhardwaj


Research Area: Emerging Contaminants

Research project: Assessing Transport and Fate of Microplastics through Biofilm Formation in Suspended and Attached Growth Wastewater Treatment Systems.

Previous Education: B.Tech Chemical Engineering, AMU, India (2020).

M.Tech Bioprocess Engineering, IIT Roorkee, India (2022)

juviya mathew

Research Area: Emerging Contaminants

Research project: Detection and Characterization of Microplastics in Wastewater Matrix. 

Previous Education: B.Sc. Chemistry, Mahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India

M.Tech Polymer Nanotechnology, Biju Patnaik University of Technology, Odisha, India



Research Area: Emerging Contaminants

Research project: Removal of Long-Chain Perfluoro Carboxylic
acids (LC-PFCAs) using engineered metal-biochar-enzyme frameworks (MBEFs)


Previous Education: B.Sc. Civil Engineering, Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Iran (2016)

M.Sc. Civil and Environmental Engineering, Babol Noshirvani University of Technology, Iran (2019)

khyati joshi

Research Area: Bioremediation & Resource Recovery

Research project: Biomining of Rare Earth Elements from Oil Sand Tailings.

Previous Education: B.Tech Biotechnology, Banasthali Vidyapith, India (2020).

M.Tech Industrial Biotechnology, Delhi Technological University, India (2022)


Noha Hasaneen


Research Area: Emerging Contaminants

Research project: Development of a Microfluidic Device for the Detection of Macrolide Antibiotics in surface water and wastewater. 

Previous Education: B.Sc. Pharmacy, Mansoura University, Egypt (2013) 

jean viccari

Research Area: Bioremediation

Research project: Enzymatic Degradation of Petroleum Hydrocarbons in Saline Water Environments.

Previous Education: B.Eng. Sanitation Engineering, Santa Catarina State University, Brazil (2021). 



Ginelle aziz


Research Area: Bioremediation

Research project: Temperature Effects of Geothermal Heat Pumps on Bioremediation and Groundwater Quality. 


Previous Education: B.Eng. Civil  Engineering, York University, Canada (2022). 

Diego alejandro hernandez

Research Area: Bioremediation 

Research project: Bioremediation of Benzene-Toluene-Ethylbenzene-Xylene in (BTEX) in Ground Water.

Previous Education: B.Eng. Chemical Engineering, National University of Colombia, Colombia (2020).