Dr Kaniz Chowdhury

Dr Kaniz Chowdhury


Kaniz Chowdhury is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Geography at the University of Leeds, UK. Kaniz’s research focuses on understanding the environmental fate of emerging contaminants, focusing on water, soil and plant systems. Kaniz is also passionate about developing technologies for environmental pollution remediation.  


Kaniz’s current project is SELECTAR- Selection for antimicrobial resistance by antimicrobial production waste. This project will look into the impact of antimicrobial production waste on the diversity and abundance of microbial communities. This project is also aiming to identify exact chemical composition of antimicrobial production waste that causes AMR.  This research will allow for the development of research-informed guidelines on safe discharge levels as well as a full list of chemicals of concern to focus environmental monitoring upon.


This project will create real impact on the development of research-informed guidelines on safe discharge levels as well as a full list of chemicals of concern to focus on environmental monitoring.


Previous Experience

Kaniz completed her PhD at the University of Leeds, School of Biomedical Sciences under the supervision of Professor Paul Millner. Her research project was on the development of photosensitiser functionalised electrospun nanofiber for remediation of microbial and chemical contaminants of water. After PhD, Kaniz joined the Department of Electronic Engineering at the University of York, where she worked as Postdoctoral Researcher in the project of EPSRC funded Sensors for clean water: a participatory approach for technology innovation. Most recently, Kaniz has worked as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Leeds, where she contributed to develop low cost, long life water sterilisation reactor development using general lighting LEDs and photosensitizer loaded surfaces, funded by Innovate UK. Prior to PhD she also worked as a research assistant in the Institution of Cancer Therapeutics at the University of Bradford. She carried out synthesis of a series of halogenated aryl linked colchinoids to develop a library of compounds for structure-activity relationship studies.


2020 - 2021 Postdoctoral Researcher University of Leeds, UK

2018 – 2020 Postdoctoral Research University of York, UK

Research interests

Kaniz is passionate about research to protect the natural environment from antimicrobial resistance. Her research interest is to identify and characterise the emerging contaminants that causes AMR in the environment. Kaniz is also keen to develop the technology for remediation of microbial and chemical contaminants in the environment.   

Kaniz has gained experiences in the field of analytical chemistry, organic synthesis, experimental microbiology, molecular biology, that include PhD research in Bio-Nanotechnology and MSc in Chemical Biology and Drug Design from University of Leeds.

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