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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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Related News

December 1, 2017

CEE Professors April Gu (PI), Akram Alshawabkeh (co-PI), and Assistant Professor Ameet Pinto (co-PI) were awarded a $100K NSF grant to determine a "Timely Assessment of Water Quality to Reveal the Potential Ecological and Health Impact of Hurricanes at Puerto Rico".

September 1, 2017

CEE Assistant Professor Ameet Pinto was awarded a $330K NSF grant for "Deciphering the role of comammox bacteria in nitrogen removal systems". Dr. Pinto, whose research interests include microbial ecology and physiology, drinking water treatment and distribution, wastewater treatment and more, is revolutionizing the way water is treated for nitrogen.

April 9, 2017

An accidental discovery made by CEE Assistant Professor Ameet Pinto and his group has revealed a type of bacteria capable of full nitrification.