- Our group is well-recognized at the McKelvey School of Engineering awards ceremony:
- PhD student Stephen Sharkey is awarded the P. Ramachandran Graduate Scholar Award for excellence in research and teaching.
- MS student Wentao Dai is awarded the Outstanding Dual Degree Student Award for academic excellence.
- Dr. Parker is awarded the EECE Chair’s Award for Outstanding Teaching.
- Jackie, Anna, and Dr. Parker spend a Saturday volunteering with Catalysts 4 Change (our third year of participating!) We worked on hands-on activities related to engineering with around 60 high school girls from the St. Louis area.
- Anamika Chatterjee publishes her paper on metal-catalyzed RNA hydrolysis in Environmental Science & Technology. Group members Ke Zhang and Yue Rao (our former rotation student) are co-authors. You can read it here! Congrats to Anamika and her co-authors!
- Anamika is awarded an ACS ENVR Graduate Student Award. Congrats Anamika!
- Welcome to Anna Hartig, who joins our group as a PhD student.
- Welcome to our new rotation students Anna Hartig and Kaichao Yang.
- Stephen Sharkey publishes his feature article on herbicide drift in Environmental Science & Technology. You can read it here!
- WUSTL feature: Dec 15, 2021 (link)
- Moshan Chen publishes a co-author paper with the He lab (EECE, WUSTL). Congrats to all the authors! You can read it here!
- Dr. Parker presents an invited seminar at Cornell University.
- Welcome to our new independent study student Wentao Dai and rotation student Hakyung Lee.
- Dr. Parker gives a keynote lecture at the Emerging Contaminants conference.
- Jackie and Moshan present at the Mid-American Environmental Engineering Conference, while Kun-Pu volunteered as a conference organizer.
- The Parker lab gives several virtual and in person talks at ACS Atlanta:
- Ke – 2 talks (AGRO, GEOC) on RNA detection and degradation.
- Anamika – 1 AGRO talk on RNA degradation.
- Moshan – 1 ENVR talk on oxidation pathways.
- Stephen – 1 AGRO talk on herbicide formulations.
- Dr. Parker – 2 talks (ENVR, AGRO) on agricultural biotechnology.
- Anamika, Stephen, and Ke all are supported by AGRO student travel awards (agrodiv.org). Ke also received a GEOC travel award, which was declined due to its redundancy.
- We receive funding from the US EPA with our collaborator Dr. Moon (PI).
- We participate in the AEESP virtual appetizer event. Dr. Parker serves as a panelist on the NSF CAREER award workshop.
- Dr. Parker participates in a 2-day virtual EPA workshop on biotechnology risk assessment.
- Group BBQ (following WUSTL COVID policy)!
- Dr. Parker presents to the US EPA biopesticide division on our work on RNAi biopesticides.
- Ke Zhang publishes his paper on RNA hydrolysis in Environmental Science & Technology. Group members Joe Hodge and Anamika Chatterjee are co-authors. You can read it here! Congrats to Ke and his co-authors!
- News coverage: here
- Dr. Parker is recognized as an Outstanding Reviewer by Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts. This is the 2nd recognition, following another in 2019.
- Welcome to our summer research students: Anna Hartig, Megan Ross, and Shane Persaud!
- Kun-Pu Ho and Jackie Rogers join our group as PhD students! Welcome to both! Best wishes to all rising second PhD students, especially our former rotation student Yue Rao!
- Dr. Parker receives an NSF CAREER Award.
- Dr. Parker gives a talk at the US Department of Agriculture on the group’s work on RNAi pesticides.
- Several current and former group members graduate, including Carter Rholl, Adam Stein, and Matthew LaMacchia! Congrats to the graduates!
- Anamika Chatterjee passes her thesis proposal defense. Congrats Anamika!
- Dr. Parker gave a public talk at the St. Louis Academy of Sciences on Moshan’s recent publication.
- Dr. Parker received the Ebelmen Award from the International Association of GeoChemistry for her work on pollutant fate and transport in the environment.
- Stephen Sharkey passes his thesis proposal defense. Congrats Stephen!
- Kathi Sodnikar (ETH Zurich) published her paper on RNA adsorption to mineral surfaces. Dr. Parker is a co-author on the study. You can read it here. Congrats Kathi!
- Moshan Chen passes his thesis proposal defense. Congrats Moshan!
- Moshan is awarded an ACS ENVR Graduate Student Award. Congrats Moshan!
- Jonathan Graham joins our group as an independent study student. Welcome!
- Moshan Chen’s research article on halogenation mechanisms in hydraulic fracturing fluids was published in Environmental Science & Technology. Past and present undergraduate students including Carter, Tianchen, and Aditi are co-authors. You can read it here. Congrats to Moshan et al.!
- Dr. Parker joined the inaugural Early Career Editorial Advisory Board at Environmental Science & Technology. An editorial announcement is available here along with interviews by Dr. Parker and her colleagues.
- Our work was featured in a publication at Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA (PNAS).
- Stephen Sharkey’s research article on dicamba volatilization mechanisms was published in Environmental Science & Technology. Our undergraduate student Adam was also a co-author. You can read it here. Congrats Stephen and Adam!
- Anamika was awarded Best Presentation at the 2020 Mid-American Environmental Engineering Conference. She shared this award with Albern, another WashU student. Congrats Anamika!
- Jackie Rogers and Kun Pu Ho join our group as first-year PhD students for fall independent study. Carter Rholl returns as an independent study student for his Masters. We miss all our students who were not able to return to in person lab work & hope all current and former Parker lab members are well!
- Ke, Moshan, and Stephen present their work at the virtual American Chemical Society Conference.
- Dr. Parker receives funding from the National Science Foundation for a collaborative project with Drs. Thimsen (PI) and Foston. Learn more here.
- Anamika was selected to represent the state of Missouri at the AGU Congressional Advocacy Day. Congrats Anamika!
- We have reopened the lab! Thank you everyone for your hard work making the lab a safe and productive place to work!
- Moshan’s research grant was funded by the US Geological Survey. Congrats Moshan!
- Dr. Parker presented a virtual conference at Stanford University. It was great to see old friends!
- Ke Zhang’s research article on dsRNA quantification in soils was published in Environmental Science & Technology. You can read it here. Congrats Ke!
- Joe Hodge was accepted into the joint MBA program at the WUSTL Olin Business School. He will be supported by a Dean’s Scholarship. Congrats Joe!
- Stephen was awarded the EECE teaching award for excellence in teaching undergraduate courses. He was highly evaluated by the students he taught under the guidance of Dr. Trent Silbaugh (EECE). Congrats Stephen!
- Dr. Parker presented an invited seminar at University of Iowa. Thanks to former Stanford benchmate Greg LeFevre for the invitation!
- PhD student Anamika Chatterjee and EECE colleague Maryssa Loehr (PhD student, Turner lab), along with Dr. Parker led an environmental engineering module for high school girls in the St. Louis area through Catalysts for Change. The EECE Department provided generous support.
- PhD student Anamika Chatterjee published a science policy article. Congrats, Anamika. Read it here.
- Holiday dinner at Dr. Parker’s home!
- Ke Zhang passes his thesis proposal defense. Congrats Ke!
- Ke Zhang, Moshan Chen, and Joe Hodge joined the Mid-American Environmental Engineering Conference. Ke presented a talk. Moshan and Joe presented posters.
- Dr. Parker presented an invited seminar at Johns Hopkins University.
- Dr. Parker presented an invited seminar at University of Delaware.
- Anamika Chatterjee officially joins the us to work on her PhD! Welcome, Anamika!
- Dr. Parker presented an invited talk at the American Chemical Society National Meeting in San Diego.
- We have been awarded a grant from the American Chemical Society! More information can be found here.
- Carter presented his work at AEESP in Tempe AZ. We appreciate support from the WUSTL Undergraduate Travel Award!
- The group celebrates the end of Spring semester 2019 with a dinner out!
- Carter is awarded an Undergraduate Travel Award to present at AEESP. Congrats Carter!
- Dr. Parker presents a talk at ACS Orlando 2019. She also visited our sister institution, Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
- Dr. Parker is recognized as an outstanding reviewer by the journal ESPI.
- Dr. Parker develops and leads an environmental engineering module with Catalysts for Change, a STEM outreach program for St. Louis highschool girls.
- We have published our first research article on the environmental fate of dsRNA pesticides from agricultural biotechnology. This study advances our understanding of the fate of these novel pesticides by separately characterizing adsorption and degradation of dsRNA in soils. This article (the first of many!) is available open-access here.
- Coverage of our paper: https://eece.wustl.edu/Pages/news.aspx?newsid=1023
- Stephen Sharkey and Moshan Chen officially join the us to work on their PhDs! Welcome, Stephen and Moshan!
- Matthew LaMacchia joins us to work on an independent study under guidance of Moshan. Welcome, Matthew!
- Dr. Parker gave invited seminars at Missouri S&T (Rolla, MO) and Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, VA) and had great meetings with faculty and students at both universities.
- We have published a Critical Review on “Halogen Radical Oxidants in Natural and Engineered Aquatic Systems”. Congrats to first-author Ke Zhang! This article provided mechanistic and quantitative analysis of halogen radical formation, generation and reactivity and aims to be informative and useful for new & established researchers in this field (link to full text).
- Dr. Parker presented a poster at the Gordon Research Conference Environmental Sciences: Water.
- A (long-awaited!) review article led by Dr. Kara Nelson (UC Berkeley), and co-authored by Dr. Parker and several colleagues in the US and abroad, has been accepted at ESPI. The study “Sunlight-mediated inactivation of health-relevant microorganisms in water: A review of mechanisms and modeling approaches” presents an extensive analysis of photoinactivation mechanisms and how their importance can be modeled in environmental systems.
- We are collecting data with our own analytical lab! We have two Agilent 1260 HPLCs, one with diode array detection (right) and one with an Agilent 6470 QQQ MS (left).
- Ke passed his qualifying exams. Congrats Ke!
- Ms. Aditi Sharma (IIT Gandhinagar) joins our group as a Summer Research Intern. Welcome Aditi!
- We received a 1-year grant from InCEES. This project is in collaboration with Drs. Dan Giammar (EECE) and Jeff Catalano (EPS).
- Our instruments have arrived and have taken over the lab.
- Lab set up begins! First to arrive: our refrigerator and freezers.
- Dr. Parker presented three talks at ACS New Orleans, including one in the Great Achievements in Environmental Science & Technology session.
- Mr. Ke Zhang joins our group as a PhD student. Welcome Ke!
- Mr. Michael Shen (EECE MS student) and Mr. Carter Rholl (EECE BS student) join our group to complete independent study projects. Welcome Michael and Carter!
- We received a 4-year grant from the USDA. Read the WUSTL Engineering news story here!
We will be recruiting prospective students for the project (among other projects in our group). Please see eece.wustl.edu for information about how to apply to our program, or contact Dr. Parker with a CV and a statement of interest.
- Dr. Parker receives the Paul V. Roberts AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation award for her work conducted at Stanford University with Dr. Bill Mitch.
Read a news posting.
- Dr. Parker’s article is selected as Environmental Science & Technology’s Best Science Paper of 2016 (link).
Parker KM, Reichwaldt E, Ghadouani A, Mitch WA. Halogen Radicals Promote the Photodegradation of Microcystins in Estuarine Systems. Environmental Science & Technology, 2016, 50 (16), 8505-8513. (Full text)