Dr Gilda De Sousa Carvalho Oehmen

Senior Lecturer in Urban Water Eng

Advanced Water Management Centre
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
+61 7 334 63215


Gilda Carvalho is a Senior Lecturer at the AWMC and coordinator of the Master of Engineering in Urban Water Engineering.

Gilda graduated in Chemical Engineering at the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and obtained a PhD in Biotechnology at the same institution in 2001. After a two-year post-doc at the AWMC, she returned to Portugal to join the Bioeng Group at the New University of Lisbon, where she performed and lead research in the areas of N & P removal, micropollutants, membrane biofouling, recovery of biopolymers (polyhydroalkanoates) from waste/wastewater, and linking microbial ecology to process performance, an area that she has particularly developed. Gilda has published 65 peer reviewed papers (H-index 22), and has participated in >30 research projects (5 of which as coordinator), a significant number of them being multinational and involving the participation of industrial partners.

Gilda is a dedicated lecturer and experienced RHD supervisor. She has extensive teaching experience in various areas of Chemical/Environmental Engineering and Biotechnology, and she has supervised 11 PhD students (4 ongoing) and one post-doc, as well as >20 postgraduate students and research officers.

Research Interests

  • Water and wastewater treatment and reuse processes
  • Environmental Biotechnology
  • Removal of nutrients and micropollutants/synthetic chemical/heavy metals
  • Resource recovery and waste valorisation (polyhydroxyalkanoates, biogas)
  • Membrane bioreactors and granular sludge
  • Acidogenesis and anaerobic digestion
  • Analysis of mixed microbial community composition and activity through molecular tools
  • Link of microbiology and engineering towards improved process performance


  • Doctor in the field of Biotechnology, Technical University of Lisbon


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