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2021 Fellow

Sema Karakurt-Fischer

PhD Institution
Technical University of Munich
Postdoctoral institution and lab

Microbial Community Assembly Group, EAWAG

Sema has been working to understand the role of treated wastewater in rivers and how this impacts downstream drinking water quality. She plans to pivot from engineering into biology to explore the potential for biodegradation of so-called ‘forever’ chemicals to provide sustainable clean drinking water. Extensive contamination of soils and freshwater sources with these chemicals has become one of the most serious environmental and health concerns worldwide and Sema’s research aims to increase our understanding of the problem and potential nature-based solutions.