School of Engineering

Staff Profile

Dr Paola Meynet

Marie Curie and CEG School Fellow


I am a Senior Researcher and CEGs School Fellow in Environmental Engineering (School of Engineering). After a first degree and master in Analytical Chemistry (Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy), I undertook a PhD in Chemical Engineering at Newcastle University, where I started developing my expertise in microbiology and wastewater treatment systems.

Since then, I have been working as an environmental engineer in both industry (Geneius Labs Ltd, L’Oréal) and academia, in a number of multidisciplinary projects, focussing on studying the relationship between chemical and microbiological processes that govern engineered and natural systems. In my research, I integrate high-throughput molecular microbiological and advanced chemical techniques with mathematical modelling, aiming to understand how ecological systems operate.

In 2016, I was awarded a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship, which brought me to spend two years at the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (Eawag, Switzerland), where I joined Prof Kathrin Fenner's research team (Department of Envronmental Chemistry) and worked on modelling of process kinetics, and (micro)pollutant biotransformation in biological system under temperature stresses. 

Area of expertise

  • Environmental engineering
  • Wastewater treatments
  • Microbial ecology
  • (Micro)pollutants
  • Biodegradation
  • Kinetic modelling

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Research Interests

- Bioremediation for removal of degradable organic pollutants
- Environmental microbiology
- Wastewater engineering