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May 2018 Graduate Student Research Highlight: Rachel Mullen

Graduate student: Rachel Mullen, 5th-year Ph.D. student in Prof. Aga’s group

Notable recent achievements:

First author publication in Analytical Methods (link), it is one of the outcomes of a multi-disciplinary collaborative WERF funded 2-year project that has evolved into a larger NSF grant.

My current research is funded through a 2 year NY Sea Grant Fellowship. I am defending my thesis this month and I have accepted a position beginning in June as an Analytical Scientist at Regeneron.

Research highlight:

Pharmaceuticals usage is increasing globally, and they are commonly detected in wastewater treatment plant effluents, where they may negatively impact fish behavior in the aquatic environment. As a NY Sea Grant Scholar, my current research uses liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry to investigate the removal efficiency of conventional and advanced wastewater treatment systems for a variety of pharmaceuticals.

I appreciate the helpful faculty and staff, the exciting research, and the instrumentation available at UB. I especially enjoy the research in Dr. Aga’s lab and how it addresses global environmental research questions.

Outside of lab I enjoy traveling, reading, playing piano, and baking. I also have seasonal hobbies including: longboarding, swimming, biking, and snowboarding.

Congratulations, Rachel!