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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

  • Q.M. Bautista, O. Blakemore, J. Schroeder, J. Moses, M. Haffey, W.T. Sloan and A.J. Pinto (2016) The impact of sampling, PCR, and sequencing replication on discerning changes in drinking water bacterial community over diurnal time-scales. Water Research. 90(1): 216-224.
  • A.J. Pinto, J.O. Sharp, M.J. Yoder, and R. Almstrand (2016). Draft genome sequences of two novel Acidimicrobiaceae from an acid mine drainage biofilm metagenome. Genome Announcements.
  • R. Almstrand, A.J. Pinto, L.A. Figueroa, and J.O. Sharp (2016). Draft genome of a novel Desulfobacteraceae member from a sulfate-reducing bioreactor metagenome. Genome Announcements.
  • A. J. Pinto, D.N. Marcus, U.Z. Ijaz, Q.M. Bautista-de los Santos, G.J. Dick, and L. Raskin (2015). Metagenomic Evidence for the presence of comammox Nitrospira-like bacteria in a drinking water system. mSphere. 1 (1):  e00054-15.
  • J. Schroeder, M. Lunn, A.J. Pinto, L. Raskin, and W.T. Sloan (2015). Probabilistic models to describe the dynamics of migrating microbial communities. PLoS One. 10(3): e0117221.
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August 30, 2018

CEE PhD student Max Rome and Assistant Professor Ameet Pinto are working with the Charles River Watershed Association to test the quality of the Charles River water in hopes of opening its first...

June 13, 2018

CEE Assistant Professor Ameet Pinto was selected as a recipient of the 2018 ISME/IWA Bio Cluster Award in the Rising Star Category. This prestigious prize rewards interdisciplinary research of...

April 24, 2018

Congratulations to the COE faculty and students that were honored at the 2018 Academic Honors Convocation.