Lauren Stadler, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Rice University, is one of six inaugural winners of the Johnson & Johnson Women in STEM2D Scholars Award, intended to “support women at significant points in their research careers.”
Each will receive up to $150,000 in funding and three years of mentorship from Johnson & Johnson leaders and the award’s advisory board. Stadler’s winning proposal in the engineering category is focused on assessing and mitigating antibiotic resistance gene propagation in water and wastewater treatment systems.
Stadler earned her Ph.D. in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan in 2015 and joined the Rice faculty that year. She received a B.S. in engineering from Swarthmore College in 2006 and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan in 2012.
Stadler’s research is devoted to sustainable biological wastewater treatment processes.
Her dissertation focused on microbial community characteristics and micropollutant fate in low-oxygen wastewater treatment systems. From 2011 to 2014, Stadler was a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow.