Lab & Research Team Members

Jun Duan

Jun Duan

Jun Duan is a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Agronomy at Purdue University. He got his doctoral degree in Environmental Engineering from Auburn University in Dec. 2019 and did his first post-doctoral training at Peking University in China from 2020 to 2022. His research focuses on developing highly efficient water and wastewater treatment and soil remediation technologies using cost-effective physical-chemical processes and understanding the environmental and chemical processes based on cutting-edge mechanistic studies and computational quantum chemistry. He has published 24 peer-reviewed papers and 1 book chapter and delivered 1 US patent. Besides, he is the principal investigator (PI) for two national grants. His hobbies include playing basketball, traveling, photography, and cooking.

Jamie Klamerus

Jamie Klamerus

Jamie Klamerus is a second-year Master's Student enrolled in the Ecological Sciences and Engineering (ESE) interdisciplinary graduate program coupled to Environmental & Ecological Engineering. After graduating from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a BS in environmental engineering, she spent 2 years in environmental consulting designing water and wastewater treatment systems. Jamie is now motivated by an interest in unraveling the complexities of the fate and transport of PFAS, aiming to contribute valuable insights to the environmental chemistry field. Jamie is expected to graduate in May 2024.

Ariana Lazo

Ariana Lazo

Ariana is a second-year Ph.D. student in the Ecological Sciences and Engineering Interdisciplinary program and is housed in the Department of Agronomy. Ariana graduated with her Bachelor's degree in Plant & Environmental Soil Science from Texas A&M University in 2022. She is interested in understanding the fate and transport behavior of Per-and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in agricultural systems.

Elijah Openiyi

Elijah Openiyi

Elijah Openiyi is a Graduate Research Assistant at Purdue University Interdisciplinary Ecological Science & Engineering program and Agronomy department. As a child raised in the developing country of Nigeria, in the West African region, I grew up seeing unaddressed environmental pollutions and problems. This sparked my interest in the world of science as a potential solution; thus, I earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree in chemistry with emphasis on environmental chemistry research. My current research focuses on the occurrence, fate, transport, and mitigation strategies of Per and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) and other Unregulated Organic Contaminants (UOCs) in agricultural processes. The beneficial and sustainable use of biosolids, biochar and water treatment residuals (WTRs) in agricultural processes are currently the focus of my research. My mantra is to keep the earth green.

Rodrigo Ruiz

Rodrigo Alvarez Ruiz

Rodrigo Alvarez Ruiz is a Postdoc research assistant at the Purdue Agronomy Department. He completed his PhD in Environmental Pollution, Toxicology and Health in 2021 at the University of Valencia, Spain. Teaching and researching are his passions. His research is versed on the analytical method development and fate assessment of unregulated organic pollutants, including PFAS, pharmaceuticals or illicit drugs, among others. During his research stands out his experience researching aquatic environments and handling complex matrices such as biota or biosolids. In his free time, he enjoys traveling, hiking, cooking and having a nice time with friends and board/video games.

Michelle Yam

Michelle Yam

Michelle is a Master's Student studying Environmental and Ecological Engineering and is enrolled in the Ecological Sciences and Engineering (ESE) interdisciplinary graduate program at Purdue University. After graduating from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Bioenvironmental Engineering, she worked for 5 years in the site remediation industry as an environmental engineer and consultant and received her Professional Engineer (PE) license in Indiana. Her work experience consists of technical writing, management of remediation sites, and technology transfer of innovative remediation technologies. She has a passion for working in teams and challenging herself to learn something new every day. During her free time, she enjoys going outdoors, knitting, and taking care of her tuxedo cat, Sam.