- Ph.D. in environmental engineering and water resources (2019). Princeton University. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. New Jersey, USA.
- M.A. (2015) and M.S.E. in environmental engineering and water resources (2014). Princeton University. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. New Jersey, USA.
- B.S. in Biological Sciences (2008). Pontifical Catholic University of Ecuador. Department of Exact and Natural Sciences. School of Biology. Quito, Ecuador.
Melany Ruiz-Urigüen is an environmental engineer and biologist. She obtained her PhD from Princeton University (USA) from the Environmental and Water Resources program at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. Currently Melany is a professor and researcher in the Department of Environmental Engineering at University San Francisco de Quito (Ecuador); and is the director of the Core Lab of Environmental Sciences. Her research encompasses applied environmental microbiology, water quality, and biogeochemical processes, with a particular focus on the nitrogen cycle. As a PhD student, she studied the anaerobic oxidation of ammonium under iron reducing conditions (Feammox). Part of her work included the implementation of this process in bioelectrochemical systems with the aim of expanding the applications of Feammox, including PFAS degradation. During her time as a postdoctoral researcher at Rutgers University (USA), she investigated the effect of mitochondrial uncouplers as bioenergetic modulators in bacteria.
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