The University of Iowa

Hannah Molitor

Finalist

From Toxic to Tasty: Nutritious Algal Protein from Waste

Hannah is a fourth-year environmental engineering PhD candidate from Prairie du Sac, WI. She earned BS degrees in environmental engineering and chemistry from the University of Wisconsin- Platteville. Her research focuses on using resources efficiently. Food, water, and energy resources are closely interconnected, and our understanding and optimization of these systems is extremely important for global sustainability. She studies microalgae as a tool to capture combustion emissions and recover nutrients from wastewater, while producing nutritious biomass for animal feed. One of her favorite parts of research at the University of Iowa is the opportunity to mentor undergraduate researchers. Outside of the lab, she enjoys spending time with family, exploring Iowa’s natural areas with her dog, traveling internationally and domestically (especially national parks), and cooking new dishes.

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Civil & Environmental Engineering