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Dr Warish Ahmed

Principal Research Scientist


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Dr. Warish Ahmed is a principal research scientist in CSIRO Environment. He provides targeted solutions to identify the point and non-point sources of microbial contaminants in catchment and recreational waters.

In addition, he has expertise in data analysis, interpretation and guidance to clients and collaborators. Warish is working with utilities and local governments and transferring these application-based tools to solve real-world environmental issues.

His primary research areas and/or interest include:
1. Identifying the microbial composition/biodiversity of aquatic ecosystems using next generation sequencing.
2. Tracking the sources of microbial contaminants (known as MST) in environmental waters using state-of- the-art technologies.
3. Quantifying bacterial, viral and protozoa pathogens in sand/sediment, wastewater and environmental water sources.
4. Antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) in wastewater and receiving environments.
5. Decay of contaminants in the environment.
6. Quantitative microbial risk assessment.
7. Synthetic biology approach for sensing and killing public health significance pathogens.

| Author of 122 refereed journal articles, 6 book chapters, 7 technical client reports and 53 conference papers/posters |
| H-Index: 28; Life Time Citations: 2258 (Scopus) |
| H-Index: 33; Life-time Citations: 3553 (Google Scholar) |
| H-Index: 27; Life Time Citations: 2143 (Web of Science) |

Other Interests

Language spoken: English, Bengali

Achievements and Awards

  • 1-7-2016-30-6-2019

    Julius Career Award

  • 2014-2015

    Alumnus of the Year
    University of the Sunshine Coast

Academic Qualifications

  • 2006


Professional Experiences

  • May 2015-Sep 2021

    Senior Research Scientist

  • Jan 2010-Apr 2015

    Resaerch Scientist

  • Apr 2007-Dec 2009

    Department of Environment and Resource Management

  • Apr 2010-Aug 2012

    Adjunct Senior Lecturer
    University of the Sunshine Coast

Community and Corporate Citizenship

  • 25/10/2016-25/10/2017

    CSIRO Corporate Citizenship Award

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