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Sanjai J Parikh
Assistant Professor of Soil Chemistry

Office: 3230 Plant and Environmental Sciences Building
Phone: 530-752-1265 Fax: 530-752-1552

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B.S. Agronomy - University of Maryland, College Park
M.S. Soil Science - Pennsylvania State University, State College
Ph.D. Soil, Water and Environmental Science - University of Arizona, Tucson

Investigating how interactions between bacteria, minerals, humic substances, and contaminants in natural environments influence biogeochemical cycling and environmental quality. Examples of my research interests include: (1) determining reaction rates of contaminant oxidation/transformation at mineral and bacteria surfaces; (2) studying the fate, transport, and reactivity of agricultural antibiotics in soils located near concentrated animal feeding operations; (3) elucidating the role of bacterial surface biomolecules in cell adhesion and biomineralization/dissolution reactions; (4) investigating the role of extracellular polymeric compounds in heavy metal biogeocycling; and (5) identifying persistent degradation products of primary pollutants and determining their bioavailability.

Graduate Group Membership:
Soils and Biogeochemistry Graduate Group
Agricultural and Environmental Chemistry Graduate Group