Meet the Research Team



The Experienced Researcher

Starting her career as environmental engineer with a minor degree in Mechanical Engineering, she has established a notable scientific career by utilising her multidisciplinary background. As a young woman scientist who is working on improving waste-to-energy processes and preventing risks of PPCPs to human and ecosystem, she is also looking to establish a solid publication record by increasing number publications related to research area.

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Dr. Cigdem ESKICIOGLU, P.Eng

Supervisor - University of British Columbia (UBC) - Canada

Dr. Cigdem Eskicioglu is a full professor of UBC and is internationally recognized in the area of innovative pretreatment technology for advanced AD. Her research focuses on pretreatment technologies coupled with anaerobic digestion for converting organic residues into biogas/energy as well as investigation of the fate of micropollutants of emerging concern. She has founded and led UBC-Bioreactor Technology Group since 2008 and has established a solid publication record. Two of her articles received awards and three others have been listed in the top 25 most downloaded articles in 2006, 2013 and 2014. Her work has also resulted in several refereed presentations at international conferences as well as national presentations. She has supervised and continue to supervise considerable number of postdoctoral fellows, PhD and MASc students. She has served as a reviewer for well respected journals and funding agencies. She was one of the Pacific Regional Directors for the Canadian Association on Water Quality (2009-2013). As principle applicant, she has secured over $3.2M in research funding from different sources.




Supervisor - Bogazici University (BU) - Turkey

Dr. Aysen Erdincler is a full professor of BU and her interest areas are treatment and management of wastewater sludge/solid waste, biofuel production from biomass, sludge minimization and waste-to-energy systems. Dr. Erdincler has taken her second MS, PhD and post-doctoral researcher degrees from Duke University (USA), under the supervision of P. Aarne Vesilind who is the author of “Introduction to Environmental Engineering” coursebook. Prof. Erdincler is continuing this research tradition in BU since 1997. She has a recognized academic track record with research papers and conference proceedings, in addition to diverse experience as supervisor with PhD and MSc students. Dr. Erdincler has managed and refereed several high-budget projects such as EC FP7 and Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) projects.


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Dr. Thomas JOHNSON

University of British Columbia (UBC) - Canada

Thomas Johnson joined the School of Engineering - UBC in July 2009. He was formerly a Technical Fellow at Pulsewave RF in Austin, Texas where he was collaborating in the research and development of RF switch-mode power amplifiers and nonlinear feedback linearization techniques for wireless infrastructure applications. He received his Ph.D. in 2007 from Simon Fraser University where his research focused on the analysis of power efficiency in RF switch-mode amplifier architectures employing bandpass delta-sigma modulation. Dr Johnson received his MASc in 2001, and contributed to the invention of wideband feedforward linearization techniques, and DSP algorithms for calibrating and adjusting multitap RF equalizers. Prior to graduate studies, he spent twelve years as a technical lead in various companies including ADC Telecommunications, MPR Teltech, and Norsat.


Dr. Hélène CARRÈRE

INRA · Laboratoire de Biotechnologie de l’Environnement (LBE) - France

Dr. Hélène Carrère has been the Research Director at National Institute for Agricultural Research - Laboratory of Environmental Biotechnology (INRA-LBE) since 2008. She has extensive knowledge on pretreatment of various types of biomass to optimize their bio-conversion into energy and byproducts. She holds a significant list of scientific publications with over 105 papers in scientific journals with more than 4500 citations (h-index: 35, Web of Science) in addition to 160 conference proceedings, 11 book chapters, 2 patents. She has supervised 29 MSc, 15 PhD, 5 post-doc and 3 visiting researchers.


Dr. Emine COKGOR

Istanbul Technical University (ITU) - Turkey

Dr. Emine Cokgor is full professor at ITU. She has 28 years of teaching and research experience in the field of environmental science and technology Dr. Cokgor has managed numerous research studies and projects in environmental biotechnologies. She actively participated to COST Action 636 (ESSEM): Xenobiotics in the Urban Water Cycle (2005-2009). She holds an extensive list of publications with over 140 papers and 2849 citations (h-index: 30, Google Scholar).