Lee Blaney, Assistant Professor Download Lee Blaney's CV

Lee Blaney, Assistant Professor

Download Lee Blaney's CV


PhD Students

Ke He, PhD Student (2011-present) "I am interested in the study of prioritized contaminants (i.e., antibiotics, estrogenic hormones, and UV-filters) of emerging concern (CECs) in different environmental compartments.  My project involves an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the occurrence, fate, and ecological impacts of these CECs.  Specifically, I am working on: (1) Developing efficient sample pretreatment techniques and advanced analytical methods (e.g., SPE-LC-MS/MS) for detection of environmentally-relevant concentrations of over 60 CECs in surface water, wastewater, sludge, sediment, and biota samples; (2) Investigating the occurrence and fate of CECs during wastewater treatment; and (3) Studying the bioaccumulation and estrogenic effects of estrogens and UV-filters in crayfish (i.e., Procambarus clarkii) through long-term exposure experiments." Download Ke He's CV

Ke He, PhD Student (2011-present)

"I am interested in the study of prioritized contaminants (i.e., antibiotics, estrogenic hormones, and UV-filters) of emerging concern (CECs) in different environmental compartments.  My project involves an interdisciplinary approach to understanding the occurrence, fate, and ecological impacts of these CECs.  Specifically, I am working on: (1) Developing efficient sample pretreatment techniques and advanced analytical methods (e.g., SPE-LC-MS/MS) for detection of environmentally-relevant concentrations of over 60 CECs in surface water, wastewater, sludge, sediment, and biota samples; (2) Investigating the occurrence and fate of CECs during wastewater treatment; and (3) Studying the bioaccumulation and estrogenic effects of estrogens and UV-filters in crayfish (i.e., Procambarus clarkii) through long-term exposure experiments."

Download Ke He's CV

Kiranmayi Mangalgiri, PhD Student (2012-present) "My research involves the application of photochemistry to characterize the fate of contaminants of emerging concern in natural as well as engineered systems. Currently, I am focusing on antibiotics that are used as feed additives in the poultry industry. Studies include performing photodegradation and advanced oxidation studies to understand the effect of dissolved organic matter on UV-based treatment methods, and developing analytical methods on LC-ESI-MS/MS systems to identify transformation products.  The results of my experimental studies will contribute towards completion of my PhD dissertation." Download Kiranmayi Mangalgiri's CV

Kiranmayi Mangalgiri, PhD Student (2012-present)

"My research involves the application of photochemistry to characterize the fate of contaminants of emerging concern in natural as well as engineered systems. Currently, I am focusing on antibiotics that are used as feed additives in the poultry industry. Studies include performing photodegradation and advanced oxidation studies to understand the effect of dissolved organic matter on UV-based treatment methods, and developing analytical methods on LC-ESI-MS/MS systems to identify transformation products.  The results of my experimental studies will contribute towards completion of my PhD dissertation."

Download Kiranmayi Mangalgiri's CV

Utsav Shashvatt, PhD Student (2014-present) "I work on developing technology for recovery of phosphorus from waste sources, such as poultry litter produced on Chesapeake Bay farms.  In our study, application of water chemistry principles and optimization of reactor parameters hold the key to successful phosphorus recovery.  Such technology will be one of the steps to solve problems of eutrophication in sensitive water bodies, while also decreasing the dependence on phosphorus mining." Download Utsav Shashvatt's CV

Utsav Shashvatt, PhD Student (2014-present)

"I work on developing technology for recovery of phosphorus from waste sources, such as poultry litter produced on Chesapeake Bay farms.  In our study, application of water chemistry principles and optimization of reactor parameters hold the key to successful phosphorus recovery.  Such technology will be one of the steps to solve problems of eutrophication in sensitive water bodies, while also decreasing the dependence on phosphorus mining."

Download Utsav Shashvatt's CV

Mamatha Hopanna, PhD Student (2015-present) “My research focuses on a group of chemical compounds called organometallics. Organometallic compounds consist of covalently bound carbon and metal atoms, and exhibit unique chemical/biochemical properties. My project involves development of advanced analytical methods (e.g., SPE-HPLC-ESI-MS/MS) for detection of environmentally-relevant concentrations of organometallics. In this project, I am also studying the environmental fate and photolytic transformation of organo-arsenic, -platinum, -selenium, and -tin”. Download Mamatha Hopanna's CV  

Mamatha Hopanna, PhD Student (2015-present)

“My research focuses on a group of chemical compounds called organometallics. Organometallic compounds consist of covalently bound carbon and metal atoms, and exhibit unique chemical/biochemical properties. My project involves development of advanced analytical methods (e.g., SPE-HPLC-ESI-MS/MS) for detection of environmentally-relevant concentrations of organometallics. In this project, I am also studying the environmental fate and photolytic transformation of organo-arsenic, -platinum, -selenium, and -tin”.

Download Mamatha Hopanna's CV

 

Ethan Hain, PhD Student (2016-present) "I am interested in the study of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), such as antibiotics, androgens/estrogens, and UV filters, in wastewater.  My project involves an interdisciplinary approach to characterize, treat, and understand the toxicological effects of CECs.  We plan to remove the activity CECs through green catalysis with the laccase enzyme.  Specifically, I am working on developing a hybrid enzyme-based bioreactor to degrade a wide profile of CECs and remove the corresponding antimicrobial and estrogenic activity." Download Ethan Hain's CV

Ethan Hain, PhD Student (2016-present)

"I am interested in the study of contaminants of emerging concern (CECs), such as antibiotics, androgens/estrogens, and UV filters, in wastewater.  My project involves an interdisciplinary approach to characterize, treat, and understand the toxicological effects of CECs.  We plan to remove the activity CECs through green catalysis with the laccase enzyme.  Specifically, I am working on developing a hybrid enzyme-based bioreactor to degrade a wide profile of CECs and remove the corresponding antimicrobial and estrogenic activity."

Download Ethan Hain's CV

Undergraduate Students

Hollie Adejumo, BS Student (2013-present) "Bacteria are often exposed to antibiotic concentration gradients in the environment. Hollie Adejumo seeks to understand the relationship between biological activity and measured pharmaceutical concentrations in wastewater. The scope of this work has expanded to focus on the effects of antibiotic concentration on the occurrence of antibiotic resistance gene detection in water samples. Hollie hopes to investigate the effects of low-concentration drug exposure on the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria." Download Hollie Adejumo's CV

Hollie Adejumo, BS Student (2013-present)

"Bacteria are often exposed to antibiotic concentration gradients in the environment. Hollie Adejumo seeks to understand the relationship between biological activity and measured pharmaceutical concentrations in wastewater. The scope of this work has expanded to focus on the effects of antibiotic concentration on the occurrence of antibiotic resistance gene detection in water samples. Hollie hopes to investigate the effects of low-concentration drug exposure on the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria."

Download Hollie Adejumo's CV

Daniel Ocasio, BS Student (2015-present) "I study the kinetics of photolytic transformations of pharmaceuticals in waste water and potable water. Interactions with dissolved organic matter (DOM) and particulates are taken into account when analyzing the efficiency of the reactions. These studies aim to elucidate the behavior of particular classes of drugs in varying matrices in order to gain insight into potential treatment methods." Download Daniel Ocasio's CV

Daniel Ocasio, BS Student (2015-present)

"I study the kinetics of photolytic transformations of pharmaceuticals in waste water and potable water. Interactions with dissolved organic matter (DOM) and particulates are taken into account when analyzing the efficiency of the reactions. These studies aim to elucidate the behavior of particular classes of drugs in varying matrices in order to gain insight into potential treatment methods."

Download Daniel Ocasio's CV

Hannah Aris, BS Student (2015-present) "My work involves recovering phosphorus from poultry litter. Poultry litter from regional farms contributes to nutrient loads in the Chesapeake Bay, fueling algal blooms and decreasing water quality. By implementing fundamental water chemistry principles, I remove phosphorus and other important species from poultry litter to produce a slow-release fertilizer that can be sold to nutrient-deficient areas." Download Hannah Aris' CV

Hannah Aris, BS Student (2015-present)

"My work involves recovering phosphorus from poultry litter. Poultry litter from regional farms contributes to nutrient loads in the Chesapeake Bay, fueling algal blooms and decreasing water quality. By implementing fundamental water chemistry principles, I remove phosphorus and other important species from poultry litter to produce a slow-release fertilizer that can be sold to nutrient-deficient areas."

Download Hannah Aris' CV

Savannah Steinly, BS Student (2015-present) "Organometallic chemicals are used for a variety of contemporary purposes, including agriculture and medicine. My research focuses on understanding the photochemical fate of four classes of these compounds:  organo-arsenic, -platinum, -selenium, and –tin. I do so by conducting investigations using UV-based treatment methods. Currently, my work involves mapping apparent molar extinction coefficients and identifying additional characteristics of organometallic transformation via photolytic mechanisms." Download Savannah Steinly's CV

Savannah Steinly, BS Student (2015-present)

"Organometallic chemicals are used for a variety of contemporary purposes, including agriculture and medicine. My research focuses on understanding the photochemical fate of four classes of these compounds:  organo-arsenic, -platinum, -selenium, and –tin. I do so by conducting investigations using UV-based treatment methods. Currently, my work involves mapping apparent molar extinction coefficients and identifying additional characteristics of organometallic transformation via photolytic mechanisms."

Download Savannah Steinly's CV

Josh Benoit, BS Student (2016-present) "My work involves development of technologies to recover phosphorus from poultry litter produced on farms in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Runoff from agricultural areas amended with poultry litter commonly contributes to decreased water quality through eutrophication. Through application of water chemistry principles, we extract nutrients from poultry litter to produce a sustainable source of phosphorus-laden fertilizer, while significantly reducing water pollution." Download Josh Benoit's resume

Josh Benoit, BS Student (2016-present)

"My work involves development of technologies to recover phosphorus from poultry litter produced on farms in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Runoff from agricultural areas amended with poultry litter commonly contributes to decreased water quality through eutrophication. Through application of water chemistry principles, we extract nutrients from poultry litter to produce a sustainable source of phosphorus-laden fertilizer, while significantly reducing water pollution."

Download Josh Benoit's resume

Temitope Ibitoye, BS Student (2016-present) "Long-term loading of antibiotics into the environment is a major public health concern. Many of these antibiotics can also be toxic to aquatic life and may alter biogeochemical processes in the environment. Hence, it is necessary to obtain a more thorough understanding of the physicochemical properties of antibiotics, which will help us to better predict the fate of the antibiotics in natural systems and will allow us to engineer better ways to remove them in treatment plants. Currently, my research involves spectrophotometrically determining the pKa values of these antibiotics and generating heat maps that depict their molar absorptivity. " Download Temitope Ibitoye's resume

Temitope Ibitoye, BS Student (2016-present)

"Long-term loading of antibiotics into the environment is a major public health concern. Many of these antibiotics can also be toxic to aquatic life and may alter biogeochemical processes in the environment. Hence, it is necessary to obtain a more thorough understanding of the physicochemical properties of antibiotics, which will help us to better predict the fate of the antibiotics in natural systems and will allow us to engineer better ways to remove them in treatment plants. Currently, my research involves spectrophotometrically determining the pKa values of these antibiotics and generating heat maps that depict their molar absorptivity. "

Download Temitope Ibitoye's resume


Previous members of the Blaney Lab

  • Alina Boyko, Mamadou Diallo, Alonso Navarro-Henry (BUILD team), 2016
  • Nicholas Rogers (BS), 2014-2015
  • Rita Costa (Visiting BS/MS student), 2015
  • Graham Rubin (HS intern), 2015
  • Jessica Lee (BS), 2013-2015
  • Apurva Shah (BS), 2013-2015
  • Kendall Dawkins (BS), 2013-2015
Apurva_1.JPG
  • Ana Soares (Visiting BS/MS student), 2014
  • Dr. Asok Adak (Post-doc), 2013-2014
  • Hollie Adejumo, Dalton Hughes, Madison Bondoc, Christopher Mullen (EWB team), 2013-2014
  • Zachary Hopkins (BS, MS), 2012-2014
  • Sebastian Snowberger (BS), 2012-2014
  • Eric Lumsden (University of Maryland School of Medicine - rotation program), 2013
  • Adam Antoszewski (HS intern), 2013
  • Robert Burton (BS), 2012-2013
  • Shreemal Perera (MS), 2012-2013
  • Claudio Muller (University of Maryland School of Medicine - rotation program), 2012