Irene Katana

Position title: Alumni - MS 2023


Grad Student

I preform EBPR research in a lab setting. To do so a sequencing batch reactor is enriched with mixed liquor from a wastewater treatment plant. Anaerobic and aerobic conditions are simulated and phosphorus and carbon sources are provided. Doing so allows for us to select for phosphorus accumulating organisms (PAOs). My goal is to see what clade of PAOs we can grow at different solids retention times and obtain kinetic phosphorus release and uptake data. That data can then be used to determine parameters of interest that can be used to model EBPR.