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Welcome to the Kapoor Lab in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Our research focuses on integration of microbial ecology, molecular biology, and environmental engineering for advancing water sustainability and its balance with concerns such as i) nutrient removal and resource recovery, ii) emerging contaminants, and waterborne pathogens, and iii) environmental and public health.

Dr. Vikram Kapoor joined the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Texas at San Antonio as Assistant Professor in the Fall of 2016. He received his PhD in Environmental Engineering from University of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio and his Bachelor’s in Biotechnology from Jaypee Institute of Information Technology in India. Before joining UTSA, he worked as ORISE postdoctoral research fellow at the National Risk Management Research Laboratory at the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Cincinnati, Ohio. Dr. Kapoor’s research interests lies at the cross-section of environmental microbiology, biotechnology and environmental engineering incorporating a diversity of research tools such as molecular-based identification techniques, bench-scale bioreactors, bioinformatics, and different omics methods including metagenomics and metatranscriptomics. 

Research

Dr. Kapoor’s research passion lies at the cross-section of environmental microbiology, biotechnology and environmental engineering incorporating a diversity of research tools such as molecular-based identification techniques, bench-scale bioreactors, bioinformatics, and different omics methods including metagenomics and metatranscriptomics. Specifically, the Kapoor Lab apply these biomolecular tools to study the role of microbial communities in natural and engineered systems. Dr. Kapoor’s research is guided by the ultimate vision that gaining a better understanding of these communities will allow us to fully harness their power towards achieving several objectives such as wastewater treatment and resource recovery, bioremediation of harmful contaminants, detection and mitigation of waterborne pathogens, and ultimately contribute to improved environmental and public health.
 

General areas of interest:

  • Biological wastewater and water treatment
  • Resource recovery from wastewater (energy, water, nutrients, chemicals)
  • Microbial source tracking
  • ​Microbial ecology of natural and engineered systems
  • Stormwater management and water quality improvement
  • Environmental and public health

Research initiatives:

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Publications

For list of publications, please visit the Google Scholar page here.

Published manuscripts

  • Hinojosa, J., Green, J., Estrada, F., Herrera, J., Mata, T., Phan, D., Tanvir Pasha, A. B. M., Matta, A., Johnson, D., & Kapoor, V. (2020). Determining the primary sources of fecal pollution using microbial source tracking assays combined with land-use information in the Edwards Aquifer. Water Research, 184, 116211.
  • Phan, D. C., Vazquez-Munoz, R., Matta, A., & Kapoor, V. (2020). Short-term effects of Mn2O3 nanoparticles on physiological activities and gene expression of nitrifying bacteria under low and high dissolved oxygen conditions. Chemosphere, 261, 127775.
  • Phan, D., Pasha, A. B. M., Carwile, N., & Kapoor, V. (2020). Effect of zinc oxide nanoparticles on physiological activities and gene expression of wastewater nitrifying bacteria. Environmental Engineering Science, 37(5), 328-336.
  • Tanvir Pasha, A. B. M., Hinojosa, J., Phan, D., Lopez, A., & Kapoor, V. (2020). Detection of human fecal pollution in environmental waters using human mitochondrial DNA and correlation with general and human-associated fecal genetic markers. Journal of Water and Health, 18(1), 8-18.
  • Rangel, L., Kapoor, V., Hutchinson, J., & Dessouky, S. (2019). Carbon Sequestration of Soil and Plants along IH-35 in Bexar County, Texas. In MATEC Web of Conferences (Vol. 271, p. 04001). EDP Sciences.
  • Annavajhala, M., Kapoor, V., Santodomingo, J., & Chandran, K. (2018). Structural and functional interrogation of selected biological nitrogen removal systems in the United States, Denmark, and Singapore using shotgun metagenomics. Frontiers in Microbiology9, 2544.
  • Kapoor, V., Gupta, I., Pasha, A. T., & Phan, D. (2018). Real-time Quantitative PCR Measurements of Fecal Indicator Bacteria and Human-associated Source Tracking Markers in a Texas River following Hurricane Harvey. Environmental Science & Technology Letters, 5(6), 322-328.
  • Kapoor, V., Phan, D., & Pasha, A. T. (2018). Effects of metal oxide nanoparticles on nitrification in wastewater treatment systems: A systematic review. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part A, 53 (7), 659-668.
  • Annavajhala, M. K., Kapoor, V., Santo-Domingo, J., & Chandran, K. (2018). Comammox Functionality Identified in Diverse Engineered Biological Wastewater Treatment Systems. Environmental Science & Technology Letters5(2), 110-116.
  • Kapoor, V., Elk, M., Toledo-Hernandez, C., & Santo Domingo, J. W. (2017). Analysis of human mitochondrial DNA sequences from fecally polluted environmental waters as a tool to study population diversity. AIMS Environmental Science. 4(3), 443-455.
  • Bhattacharjee, A. S., Wu, S., Lawson, C. E., Jetten, M. S., Kapoor, V., Domingo, J. W. S., McMahon, K. D., Noguera, D. R. and Goel, R. (2017). Whole community metagenomics in two different anammox configurations: process performance and community structure. Environmental Science & Technology. 51(8), 4317-4327.
  • Wurtzler, E. M., Ravi, R., Kapoor, V., & Wendell, D. (2017). Rational Design of Duplex Specific Nuclease for One-Step Isothermal Viral RNA Detection. Journal of Applied Biology & Biotechnology Vol5(05), 1-10.
  • Kapoor, V., Li, X., Elk, M. and Santo Domingo, J. W. (2016) Inhibitory Effect of Cyanide on Wastewater Nitrification Determined Using SOUR and RNA-Based Gene-Specific Assays. Letters in Applied Microbiology. 63(2), 155-161.
  • Camejo, P. Y., Owen, B., Martirano, J., Ma, J., Kapoor, V., Santo Domingo, J. W., McMahon, K. D. and Noguera, D. R. (2016) Candidatus Accumulibacter phosphatis clades enriched under cyclic anaerobic and microaerobic conditions simultaneously use different electron acceptors. Water Research. 102, 125-137.
  • Kapoor, V., Li, X., Impelliteri, C., Chandran, K. and Santo Domingo, J. W. (2016) Use of Functional Gene Expression and Respirometry to Study Wastewater Nitrification Activity After Exposure to Low Doses of Copper. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 23(7), 6443-6450.
  • Kapoor, V., Li, X., Elk, M., Impelliteri, C. and Santo Domingo, J. W. (2016) Effects of Cr(III) and Cr(VI) on Nitrification Inhibition Determined Using SOUR and Gene Expression of Ammonia-Oxidizing Bacteria. 147, 361-367.
  • Li, X., Kapoor, V., Impelliteri, C., Chandran, K. and Santo Domingo, J. W. (2016) Measuring Nitrification Inhibition by Metals in Wastewater Treatment Systems: Current State of Science and Fundamental Research Needs. Critical Reviews in Environmental Science and Technology. 46(3), 249-289.
  • Kapoor, V., Li, X., Elk, M., Impelliteri, C., Chandran, K. and Santo Domingo, J. W. (2015) Impact of Heavy Metals on Transcriptional and Physiological Activity of Nitrifying Bacteria Environmental Science & Technology. 49(22), 13454–13462.
  • Kapoor, V., Pitkänen, T., Ryu, H., Elk, M., Wendell, D. and Santo Domingo, J. W. (2015). Distribution of Human-Specific Bacteroidales and Fecal Indicator Bacteria in an Urban Watershed Impacted by Sewage Pollution, Determined Using RNA-and DNA-Based Quantitative PCR Assays. Applied and Environmental Microbiology. 81(1), 91-99.
  • Kapoor, V., DeBry, R. W., Boccelli, D. and Wendell, D. (2014) Sequencing Human Mitochondrial Hypervariable Region II as a Molecular Fingerprint for Environmental Waters. Environmental Science & Technology. 48(18), 10648–10655.
  • Zehraoui, A., Kapoor, V., Wendell, D. and Sorial, G. A. (2014) Impact of Alternate Use of Methanol on n-Hexane Biofiltration and Microbial Community Structure Diversity. Biochemical Engineering Journal. 85, 110-118.
  • Kapoor, V., Smith, C., Santo Domingo, J. W., Lu, T. and Wendell, D. (2013) Correlative Assessment of Fecal Indicators Using Human Mitochondrial DNA as a Direct Marker. Environmental Science & Technology. 47(18), 10485–10493.
  • Kapoor, V. and Wendell, D. (2013) Engineering Bacterial Efflux Pumps for Solar Powered Bioremediation of Surface Waters. Nano Letters. 13(5), 2189-2193.
  • Padaria, J. C. and Kapoor, V. (2011) Plasmid Borne Gene of Bacillus pumillus MTCC 7615 Responsible for Fungal Antagonism towards Rhizoctonia solani. Indian Journal of Biotechnology. 10(3), 316-320.

Members

Current Lab Members

Faculty

Dr. Vikram Kapoor
Assistant Professor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Texas at San Antonio

Postdoctoral Fellows

Duc Phan (Postdoc)

Akanksha Matta (Postdoc)

Graduate Students

Sina Vedadi (PhD Student)
Arash Jafarzadeh (PhD Student)
Haya Al-Duroobi (PhD Student)

Mauricio Flores (MS Student)

Undergraduate Students

Emily Martinez

Research Group Alumni

  • Jemima McCluskey (MS Civil Engineering), 2018-2020
  • Duc Phan (PhD Environmental Science and Engineering), 2016-2019
  • Jessica Hinojosa (MS Civil Engineering), 2017-2019
  • ABM Tanvir Pasha (MS Civil Engineering), 2016-2018
  • Fabiola Estrada, B.S. Civil Engineering, 2017 – 2020
  • Nikolas Carwile, B.S. Civil Engineering, 2017 – 2020
  • Jonathan Herrera, B.S. Civil Engineering, 2018 – 2020
  • Troy Mata, B.S. Civil Engineering, 2018 – 2020
  • Diana Cabral, B.S. Civil Engineering, 2016 – 2017
  • Adrianne Lopez, B.S. Geological Sciences, 2017

Contact

CONTACT US

Thanks for your interest in our research. Get in touch with us for any questions or comments regarding our work and publications. We’d love to hear from you.

Address:

University of Texas at San Antonio
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering 
BSE 1.336
One UTSA Circle 
San Antonio, TX 78249

Email: vikram.kapoor@utsa.edu

Phone: (210) 458-7198

Fax: (210) 458-6475