Dr. Amanda Luther

Telephone number: 
+32 9/264 59 85
Postdoctoral staff

My scientific interests are focused generally on understanding and developing biological waste treatment systems towards solving environmental and sanitation problems. I came to Gent to explore different technologies towards this goal. My project looks  at carbon and nutrient recovery in a closed life support system for space exploration, focusing on membrane coupled fermentation and (bio)electrochemical technologies to oxidize organic carbon to CO2. 

B.S. in Microbiology, The Ohio State University (Columbus Ohio, USA), 2007

Ph.D in Environmental Sciences, Rutgers University (New Brunswick NJ, USA), "Ammonia toxicity in bacteria and its implications for treatment of and resource recovery from highly nitrogenous organic wastes", 2015

Selected key publications: 
Luther, A. K.; Desloover, J.; Fennell, D. E.; Rabaey, K. Electrochemically Driven Extraction and Recovery of Ammonia from Human Urine. Water Res. 2015, 87, 367–377.
Gildemyn, S.; Luther, A. K.; Andersen, S. J.; Desloover, J.; Rabaey, K. Electrochemically and Bioelectrochemically Induced Ammonium Recovery. Journal of Visualized Experiments 2015, No. 95.
Laguna, R.; Joshi, G. S.; Dangel, A. W.; Luther, A. K.; Tabita, F. R. Integrative Control of Carbon, Nitrogen, Hydrogen, and Sulfur Metabolism: The Central Role of the Calvin-Benson-Bassham Cycle. Adv. Exp. Med. Biol. 2010, 675, 265–271.