Dr. Kaushik Venkiteshwaran

Dr. Kaushik Venkiteshwaran

Assistant Professor
Civil, Coastal, and Environmental Engineering


  • Ph.D. in Civil Engineering, Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI, USA
  • Masters In Civil Engineering, Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY, USA
  • Bachelors of Technology in Biotechnology, ICFAI University, Dehradun, India

Research Interests

  • Developing chemical and biological processes for sustainable water and wastewater treatment
  • Novel bio-adsorbent development for nutrient recovery and emerging contaminant removal
  • Modelling microbial interactions in natural and engineered environments
  • Relating microbial community structure to biological process performance
  • Developing novel microbial cultures for bio-energy production
  • Advanced oxidation targeting organic contaminant destruction and pathogen disinfection


Book Chapter

  • Venkiteshwaran, K., Seib, M., Xie, T., Tale, V. P., Zitomer, D. Chapter 9:  Anaerobic Digester Biogas Upgrading Using Microalgae. Book Title: Integrated Wastewater Management and Valorization using Algal Cultures. Elsevier Publications. Under Review. 

Journal Articles

  • Venkiteshwaran, K., Kennedy, E., Graeber, C., Mallick, S.P., McNamara, P.J., Mayer, B.K., 2021. Conversion of soluble recalcitrant phosphorus to recoverable orthophosphate form using UV/H2O2. Chemosphere 130391. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.130391.
  • Mallick, S.P., Ryan, D.R., Venkiteshwaran, K., McNamara, P.J., Mayer, B.K., 2021. Electro-oxidation to convert dissolved organic nitrogen and soluble non-reactive phosphorus to more readily removable and recoverable forms. Chemosphere 279, 130876. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2021.130876.
  • Venkiteshwaran, K., Wells, E., Mayer, B.K., 2020. Kinetics, affinity, thermodynamics, and selectivity of phosphate removal using immobilized phosphate-binding proteins. Environ. Sci. Technol. https://doi.org/10.1021/acs.est.0c02272.
  • Hussein, F.B., Venkiteshwaran, K., Mayer, B.K., 2020. Cell surface-expression of the phosphate-binding protein PstS: System development, characterization, and evaluation for phosphorus removal and recovery. J. Environ. Sci. 92, 129–140. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jes.2020.02.016.
  • Mathai, P.P., Dunn, H.M., Venkiteshwaran, K., Zitomer, D.H., Maki, J.S., Ishii, S., Sadowsky, M.J., 2019. A microfluidic platform for the simultaneous quantification of methanogen populations in anaerobic digestion processes. Environ. Microbiol. 21, 1798–1808. https://doi.org/10.1111/1462-2920.14589.
  • Mullen, P., Venkiteshwaran, K., Zitomer, D.H., Mayer, B.K., 2019. Ion exchange nutrient recovery from anaerobic membrane bioreactor permeate. Water Environ. Res. https://doi.org/10.1002/wer.1080.
  • Seyedi, S., Venkiteshwaran, K., Zitomer, D., 2019. Toxicity of various pyrolysis liquids from biosolids on methane production yield. Front. Energy Res. 7, 5. https://doi.org/10.3389/fenrg.2019.00005.
  • Venkiteshwaran, K., Pokhrel, N., Hussein, F., Antony, E., Mayer, B.K., 2018. Phosphate removal and recovery using immobilized phosphate binding proteins. Water Res. X. https://doi.org/10.1016/J.WROA.2018.09.003.
  • Venkiteshwaran, K., McNamara, P.J., Mayer, B.K., 2018. Meta-analysis of non-reactive phosphorus in water, wastewater, and sludge, and strategies to convert it for enhanced phosphorus removal and recovery. Sci. Total Environ. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.06.369.
  • Bhattad, U., Venkiteshwaran, K., Maki, J.S., Zitomer, D.H., 2017. Biochemical methane potential assays and anaerobic digester bioaugmentation using freeze dried biomass. Environ. Sci. Water Res. Technol. 3, 1152–1161. https://doi.org/10.1039/c7ew00203c.
  • Venkiteshwaran, K., Milferstedt, K., Hamelin, J., Fujimoto, M., Johnson, M., Zitomer, D.H., 2017. Correlating methane production to microbiota in anaerobic digesters fed synthetic wastewater. Water Res. 110. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2016.12.010.
  • Venkiteshwaran, K., Milferstedt, K., Hamelin, J., Zitomer, D.H., 2016. Anaerobic digester bioaugmentation influences quasi steady state performance and microbial community. Water Res. 104, 128–136. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.watres.2016.08.012.
  • Venkiteshwaran, K., Bocher, B., Maki, J., Zitomer, D., 2016. Relating anaerobic digestion microbial community and process function. Microbiol. Insights 8, 37–44. https://doi.org/10.4137/MBI.S33593.

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  • CE 370/374: Introduction to Environmental Engineering (and Lab)
  • CE 470/471: Water and Wastewater Treatment Design (and Lab)

Google Scholar


Mayer, B., & Venkiteshwaran, K. (2021). Process for Controlled Adsorption and Desorption of Phosphate From Liquids Using Phosphate-Selective Proteins (Provisional patent: US20210147259A1). https://patents.google.com/patent/US20210147259A1/en