Ir. Pamela Ceron Chafla

Pamela Ceron works as a Phd Researcher in the topic “Steering Product formation in High-Pressure Anaerobic Systems.” This research is being developed under the framework of the European Joint Doctorate SuPER-W (Sustainable Product and Energy Recovery from Wastewater) with TU Delft and Ghent University as home and host universities, respectively. This project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation program, granting her the status of Marie Curie fellow. 

Pamela completed her Environmental Engineering degree (Summa Cum Laude), together with a minor degree in Chemical Engineering from Universidad San Francisco de Quito – Ecuador in 2012. Her bachelor’s thesis focused in the development of a physicochemical system (pilot scale) for the primary treatment of tannery effluents. It’s worth mentioning that complementary to her education, she worked as a project assistant in several environmental consultancy projects, including the design of the WWTP for Quito’s International Airport. After her graduation, she collaborated shortly as Laboratory Assistant in the Environmental Engineering Section of her hometown university to then move to the position of Environmental Technician in the Department of Pollution Control and Prevention of the Ministry of Environment in Ecuador.   

After this experience, she decided to pursue a Master’s in Environmental Technology and Engineering (IMETE) offered as a joint program by Unesco IHE, UCT Prague and Ghent University (2012-2014), from where she graduated with the highest distinction. Her internship was developed in IMDEA Agua -Alcala de Henares, Spain in the topic of Bioelectrochemical techniques for anaerobic wastewater treatment and nutrients removal in the bioelectrogenesis group led by Dr. Abraham Esteve Nuñez. For her master thesis, she worked in the optimization of a two-stage fermentation process for PHB production under the supervision of Prof. dr. ir Eveline Volcke, Dr. Linsey Garcia-Gonzalez and Dr. Salatul Mozumder. This study was carried out together with Ghent University and the Flemish Institute for Technological Research (VITO).

Once her master’s was concluded, she came back to Ecuador where she worked as an environmental consultant for Walsh-Ecuador, in projects related to treatment of effluents from oil and services industries. Later on, she collaborated as an advisor on the implementation of low-cost environmental technologies for national and international development projects in Africa and the rest of South-America for Sun Mountain International.

Due to her career aspirations, she decided to go back to the academia to pursue a PhD in the area of resource recovery from wastewater. Currently, she is trying to unveil the mechanisms by which elevated pressure can help to modify metabolic pathways in mixed culture fermentations and consequently steer product formation.

Pamela’s research interests are linked to resource recovery from wastewater, environmental and industrial biotechnology, biochemical engineering and bioprocess design. Due to the innovative nature of the project in which she is currently involved, several opportunities for further collaboration with academic and industrial partners can be established. 

Pamela Ceron Chafla