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Metin Duran


Villanova University



Dr. Metin Duran received his undergraduate degree in Environmental Engineering from Technical University of
Istanbul, Turkey. He went to graduate school at Vanderbilt University where he earned a Ph.D. in 1996. Currently
he is a professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department at Villanova University. His research
interests lay on the interface of applied microbiology and engineering. He uses microbiological principles to
understand, design, and control biological processes for wastewater treatment, bioremediation, solid and
hazardous waste management, and waste to energy systems. He has 86 publications including 39 peer-reviewed
journal articles, a book (in Turkish) and a book chapter. His student working on microbial source tracking
received the Best Masters Thesis Award from the Association of Environmental Engineers and Science
Professors. Lately, he has been making use of genomic tools such as PCR and gene expression to better
understand the biological processes of environmental engineering.

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