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Ameet is investigating microbial ecosystems at the interface of infrastructure and public / environmental health with particular focus on the urban water infrastructure – drinking water and wastewater systems. His goal is to characterize and manipulate microbial communities to (1) protect and improve public and environmental health and (2) improve functional reliability and economic feasibility of water infrastructure.

Ameet graduated in 2003 with his baccalaureate in Chemical Engineering from the Institute of Chemical Technology, University of Mumbai. He received his Master of Sciences in Environmental Engineering from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2005 and graduated with this PhD from Virginia Tech in 2009. His doctoral work was in the area of wastewater engineering with particular focus on upset event detection and mitigation and the effect of perturbation on the microbial ecology of activated sludge systems. Ameet completed his post-doc at the University of Michigan and subsequently worked at the University of Glasgow as a Lecturer (2012-2015) and then Senior Lecturer (2015) before joining Northeastern University in January 2016.


  • 2009 PhD in Civil Engineering at Virginia Tech
  • 2005 MS in Environmental Engineering at University of Alaska Fairbanks

Research & Scholarship Interests

Microbial ecology and physiology, drinking water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment, public health microbiology, molecular microbiology, 'omics analyses
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Professional Affiliations

  • International Water Association
  • American Water Works Association
  • International Society of Microbial Ecology
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors

Selected Publications

  • I. Bradley, A.J. Pinto, J.S. Guest, Design and Evaluation of Illumina MiSeq Compatible 18S rRNA Primers for Improved Characterization of Mixed Phototrophic Communities, EApplied and Environmental Microbiology, 89(19), 2016, 5878-5891
  • Q.M. Bautista, J. Schroeder, M.C.R. Sevillano, R. Sungthong, U. Ijaz, W.T. Sloan, A.J. Pinto, Emerging Investigator Series: Microbial communities in Full Scale Drinking Water Systems- A Meta-Analysis, Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology, 2016, 631-644
  • A.J. Pinto, D.N. Marcus, U.Z. Ijaz, Q.M. Bautista, G.J. Dick, L. Raskin, Metagenomic Evidence for the Presence of Comammox Nitrospira-like Bacteria in a Drinking Water System, mSphere Journal, 1, 2015
  • J. Schroeder, M. Lunn, A.J. Pinto, L. Raskin, W.T. Sloan, Probabilistic Models to Describe the Dynamics of Migrating Microbial Communities, PLoS One, 10, 2015, e0117221
  • A.J. Pinto, J. Schroeder, M. Lunn, W.T. Sloan, L. Raskin, Spatial-Temporal Survey and Occupancy-Abundance Modeling to Predict Bacteria Community Dynamics in the Drinking Water Microbiome, mBio Journal, 5(3), 2014
  • A.J. Pinto, C. Xi, L. Raskin, Bacterial Community Structure in the Drinking Water Microbiome is Governed by Filtration Processes, Environmental Science and Technology, 46, 2012, 8851-8859
  • A.J. Pinto, L. Raskin, PCR Biases Distort Bacterial and Archaeal Community Structure in Pyrosequencing Datasets, PLoS One, 7(8), 2012
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Related News

May 8, 2019

CEE Assistant Professor Ameet Pinto was awarded a $340K NSF grant, in collaboration with Tanju Karanfil from Clemson University and Jess Brown from Carollo Engineers, for "Developing an Eco-Genomic Framework for Biofilter Operation".

May 7, 2019

Two Northeastern Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD students, Cassandra Nickles and Katherine Vilardi, received 2019 Graduate Research Fellowships from the National Science Foundation (NSF)...

April 9, 2019

25 COE faculty and affiliates were recipients of FY20 TIER 1 Interdisciplinary Research Seed Grants for 18 different projects representing up to $900K dollars of investment in research.