Principal Investigator


Photo credit: Jesse Winter, Cornell OVPR

Ludmilla Aristilde, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University
Faculty Profile
2017, Invited Professor by the Université Grenoble-Alpes, Institut des Sciences de la Terre, Grenoble, France
2015, Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future Faculty Fellow
Graduate Field Memberships: (1) Biological and Environmental Engineering; (2) Environmental Toxicology; (3) Soil and Crop Sciences; (4) Microbiology; (5) Geological Sciences; (6) Civil and Environmental Engineering.

2009-2012, NSF Postdoctoral Fellow, Princeton University
2008-2009, Fulbright Scholar, Grenoble, France
2008, Ph.D. Molecular Toxicology, University of California-Berkeley
2004, M.S. Environmental Engineering, University of California-Berkeley
2003, B.F.A. Fine Arts, Cornell University
2003, B.S. Science of Earth Systems, Cornell University

Growing up in Haiti, Aristilde’s interest in environmental issues was sparked by witnessing the impacts of deforestation on the environment and the links between water pollution and health during an epidemic outbreak of cholera. As an undergrad at Cornell, she enjoyed studying her two passions, art and environmental science. Following summer internships in India and in Peru, she decided to pursue further studies at the interface of environmental chemistry and environmental health. During her graduate studies at UC-Berkeley, she worked on the environmental chemistry and toxicology of antibiotics, which are contaminants of emerging concerns due to their extensive use in human and veterinary medicine and their subsequent release into the environment. For her postdoctoral work, she first went to Grenoble, France as a Fulbright scholar to learn different spectroscopic techniques to investigate organo-mineral interactions. Prior to her return to Cornell in the Summer of 2012, she spent three years as a NSF postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University learning how to use molecular biology tools to tackle problems in environmental science and engineering. Her research group at Cornell focuses on figuring out the mechanisms responsible for the physical and biological fate of natural organic substrates, emerging organic contaminants, natural toxins, extracellular enzymes, and other biologically-active organic molecules.

Contact Information:
Cornell University, 214 Riley Robb