Lab Members

Principle Investigator: Sascha Usenko, Ph.D

Dr. Usenko received his Ph.D in Analytical Chemistry from Oregon State University under the guidance of Dr. Simonich.  He accepted a postdoctoral position at Baylor University in 2007.  In 2008 he joined the Department of Environmental Science at Baylor as a Assistant Professor.

Graduate Research Assistant: Bikram Subedi

Bikram is from the Himalayan country of Nepal and is a four year Ph. D. student in Chemistry and Biochemistry Department at Baylor. He earned a bachelors degree in Chemistry and a Masters degree in Physical Chemistry from Tribhuvan University (Nepal). Currently, he is developing and validating a method for the simultaneous determination of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products (PPCPs) in environmental samples, such as fish tissue. Bikram is also participating in one year internship with the City of Waco’s Mount Carmel Water Treatment Plant.  At the City’s laboratory he helped developed an aeration technique to remove disinfectant byproducts in an effort to improve water quality.

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Graduate Research Assistant: Eleanor Robinson

Eleanor is a 4th year PhD student in the TIE3S program. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Baylor University in 2008. She is currently working on analyzing whale blubber and earwax for current and historic-use pesticides, PCBs and PBDEs.

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Graduate Research Assistant: Lissette Aguilar

Lissette is a 4th year PhD student in the TIE3S program.  She is from Veracruz, Mexico.  She studied biochemical engineering (ITV’05) and a M.S in environmental systems (ITESM’08). Lissette is participating in one year internship with the City of Waco’s Mount Carmel Water Treatment Plant.  She is developing standard operating procedures to measure Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products in large volumes of drinking and wastewater.

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