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Moustapha Harb

Research interests

Professional Activities

Reviewer for: Environmental Science and Technology, Journal of Membrane Science, Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, Scientific Reports, Water Science and Technology, Journal of Water Process Engineering, Frontiers in Environmental Science

Selected publications

  1. M. Harb, N. Ermer, C.B. Sawaya, and A.L. Smith (2020), Increased applied voltage in the presence of GAC enhances microbial activity and methane production during anaerobic digestion of food waste. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, Vol. 6, Issue 3, Pages 737-746
  2. A. Zarei-Baygi, M. Harb, P. Wang, L.B. Stadler, and A.L. Smith (2020), Microbial community and antibiotic resistance profiles of biomass and effluent are distinctly affected by antibiotics addition to an anaerobic membrane bioreactor. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, Vol. 6, Issue 3, Pages 724-736
  3. M. Harb, P. Wang, A. Zarei-Baygi, M.H. Plumlee, and A.L. Smith (2019) Background Antibiotic Resistance and Microbial Communities Dominate Effects of Advanced Purified Water Recharge to an Urban Aquifer. Environmental Science & Technology Letters, Vol. 6, Issue 10, Pages 578-584
  4. M. Harb, E. Lou, A.L. Smith, and L.B. Stadler (2019) Perspectives on the fate of micropollutants in mainstream anaerobic wastewater treatment. Current Opinion in Biotechnology, Vol. 57, Pages 94-100
  5. A. Zarei-Baygi, M. Harb, P. Wang, L.B. Stadler, and A.L. Smith (2019) Evaluating Antibiotic Resistance Gene Correlations with Antibiotic Exposure Conditions in Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactors. Environmental Science &Technology, Vol. 53, Issue 7, Pages 3599-3609
  6. S. Chen, M. Harb, and A.L. Smith (2018) Revisiting greenhouse gas mitigation from conventional activated sludge and anaerobic-based wastewater treatment systems. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, Vol. 4, Issue 11, Pages 1739-1758
  7. M. Harb and P.Y. Hong (2017) Molecular-based detection of potentially pathogenic bacteria in membrane bioreactor (MBR) systems treating municipal wastewater: a case study. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, Vol. 24, Issue 6, Pages 5370-5380
  8. M. Harb and P.Y. Hong (2017) Anaerobic membrane bioreactor effluent reuse: a review of microbial safety concerns. Fermentation, Vol. 3, Issue 3, Pages 39-67
  9. Y. Xiong, M. Harb, and P.Y. Hong (2017) Performance and microbial community variations of anaerobic digesters under increasing tetracycline concentrations. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, Vol. 101, Issue 13, Pages 5505-5517
  10. G. Scarascia, H. Cheng, M. Harb, and P.Y. Hong (2017) Application of hierarchical oligonucleotide primer extension (HOPE) to assess relative abundances of ammonia- and nitrite-oxidizing bacteria. BMC Microbiology, Vol. 17, Issue, 1, Article No. 85
  11. M. Harb, C.H. Wei, N. Wang, G. Amy, and P.Y. Hong (2016) Organic micropollutants in aerobic and anaerobic membrane bioreactors: Changes in microbial communities and gene expression. Bioresource Technology, Vol. 218, Pages 882-891
  12. Y. Xiong, M. Harb and P.Y. Hong (2016) Characterization of biofoulants illustrates different membrane fouling mechanisms for aerobic and anaerobic membrane bioreactors. Separation and Purification Technology, Vol. 157, Pages 192-202
  13. M. Harb, Y. Xiong, J.S. Guest, G. Amy, and P.Y. Hong (2015) Differences in microbial communities and performance between suspended and attached growth anaerobic membrane bioreactors treating synthetic municipal wastewater. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology, Vol. 1, Issue 6, Pages 800-813
  14. N. Al-Jassim, M.I. Ansari, M. Harb, and P.Y. Hong (2015) Removal of bacterial contaminants and antibiotic resistance genes by conventional wastewater treatment processes in Saudi Arabia: Is the treated wastewater safe to reuse for agricultural irrigation? Water Research, Vol. 73, Pages 277–290
  15. M.I. Ansari, M. Harb, B. Jones, and P.Y. Hong (2015) Molecular-based approaches to characterize coastal microbial community and their potential relation to the trophic state of Red Sea. Scientific Reports, Vol. 5, Art. No. 9001
  16. C.H. Wei, M. Harb, G. Amy, P.Y. Hong, and T.O. Leiknes (2014) Sustainable organic loading rate and energy recovery potential of mesophilic anaerobic membrane bioreactor for municipal wastewater treatment. Bioresource Technology, Vol. 166, Pages 326–334

Academic degrees

Ph.D., Environmental Science and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), 2017
M.S., Environmental Engineering, University of Houston, 2010
B.S., Civil Engineering, University of Houston, 2007


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