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Delgado Vela


L.K. Downing Hall, Room 3030A

Faculty Details

Assistant Professor
  • PhD Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan 2018
  • M.S.E Environmental Engineering, University of Michigan, 2014
  • B.S. Civil Engineering, The University of Texas at Austin, 2012
  • Urban Water Systems
  • Environmental Microbiology
  • Process modeling

For more information about Dr. Delgado Vela's research group, please see our lab website

Our research group is currently looking for motivated students interested in pursuing a PhD in Environmental Engineering. If you are interested in joining please email Dr. Delgado Vela your CV and research interests.
We are also looking for undergraduates interested in performing research in our lab. Please contact Dr. Delgado Vela with your resume and research interests to find out more about current projects.

Subjects Taught: 
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Unit Operations in Environmental Engineering
  • Biological Processes for Wastewater Treatment

Detailed Information

About Me: 

Dr. Delgado Vela is an assistant professor at Howard University. Her research interests applies tools in molecular biology to develop sustainable and cost-efficient urban water treatment. She completed her PhD in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at the University of Michigan in 2018. Her dissertation research combined laboratory and modeling methods to evaluate the impact of sulfur on nitrogen cycling during wastewater treatment. She received her master’s degree from the University of Michigan in 2014 in Environmental Engineering and a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin in 2012. She has earned numerous awards, most notably the Ford Foundation Dissertation Award (2016) and an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2012).

  • Microbial ecology
  • Sustainable water treatment and water recovery systems
  • Microbial community 'omics
  • Nitrogen cycling in urban water systems
  • Biofilm ecology and formation
  • Understanding microbial cross-feeding in water and resource recovery facilities

The most up to date list is available on Google Scholar

Delgado Vela, J., Dick, G.J., Love, N.G. 2018. Sulfide inhibition of nitrite oxidation in activated sludge depends on community composition. Water Research. DOI: 10.1016/j.watres.2018.03.047

Stadler, L.B.†, Delgado Vela, J.†, Jain, S., Dick, G.J., Love, N.G. 2017. Elucidating the impact of microbial community diversity on pharmaceutical biotransformation during wastewater treatment. Microbial Biotechnology. DOI: 10.1111/1751-7915.12870
† These authors contributed equally to this work.

Delgado Vela, J., Stadler, L.B., Martin, K. J., Raskin, L., Bott, C. B., Love, N. G. 2015. Prospects for Biological Nitrogen Removal from Anaerobic Effluents during Mainstream Wastewater Treatment. Environmental Science and Technology: Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.estlett.5b00191. (Best Paper of 2015)


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