Dr. Banu Örmeci is a full professor in Environmental Engineering, Jarislowsky Chair in Water and Health, Canada Research Professor in Wastewater Treatment Engineering and the director of the Global Water Institute at Carleton University.
Her research expertise includes wastewater/sludge treatment, disinfection technologies, fate and removal of indicator organisms and pathogens during treatment processes and real-time monitoring of water/wastewater.
She serves on the IWA (International Water Association) COVID-19 Task Force and the IWA Strategic Council. She is the past-chair and current board member of the IWA Specialist Group on Sludge Management (SGSM) and she is the Canadian Focal Point for the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Sciences (IANAS) Water Program. She has a CL2 research facility at Carleton and all the equipment and research infrastructure required for her research on COVID monitoring in wastewater is available in her lab.
She works with a wide range of microorganisms including various bacteria (i.e., E. Coli, Salmonella), viruses (i.e., Coxsackievirus, MS2, coronaviruses), and protozoa (i.e., C. parvum, Giardia) and has ongoing research projects on antimicrobial resistance. She has several patents on real-time monitoring and optimization technologies that have found applications in the market. She is the recipient of more than 20 prestigious research, teaching and mentoring awards, and the author of more than 85 journal papers and 95 conference papers.
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