Olena Samonina

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. Student

Research Interests

Samonina's research focuses on the utilization of various microbial communities such as anaerobic ammonium-oxidizing bacteria (anammox) and polyphosphate-accumulating organisms (PAOs) for simultaneous removal of carbon, nitrogen, and phosphorus from wastewater in bioreactors.


  • Ph.D., Environmental Science and Engineering, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, 2022-present
  • M.S., Ecology and Environmental Protection, National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy", Kyiv, Ukraine, 2019-2021
  • B.S., Ecology, Environmental Protection and Conservation of Nature, National University "Kyiv-Mohyla Academy", Kyiv, Ukraine, 2015-2019

Professional Profile

  • 2021: Environmental Engineer, Enamine LTD., Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2019-2021: Laboratory Assistant, Ukrorgsyntez LTD., Kyiv, Ukraine
  • 2019: Chemist for radiological and physico-chemical quality control of wastewater and drinking water, PJSC "Obolon", Kyiv, Ukraine

KAUST Affiliations

  • Water Desalination and Reuse Center (WDRC)
  • Division of Biological and Environmental Sciences and Engineering (BESE)​​

Research Interests Keywords

Microbial ecology Electromicrobiology Microbial wastewater treatment Aerobic Granular Sludge Biofilms Bioreactors