Rachel Mullen, 5th-year PhD student in Prof. Aga’s group
"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 the lab I enjoy traveling, reading, playing piano and baking. I also have seasonal hobbies including longboarding, swimming, biking and snowboarding."