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Contact Information

Name: Dr. Amir Motlagh

Title: Assistant Professor

Office Location: Riverside Hall 4015


Office Phone: (916) 278-2937

Mailing Address: Department of Civil Engineering, 6000 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95819-6029


Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Utah, 2016

M.S. Civil Engineering, University of Toledo, 2011

B.S. Civil Engineering, Shiraz University, 2009

Courses Offered

CE 170: Principles of Environmental Engineering

CE 172: Design of Urban Water and Sewer Systems

CE 173: Design of Water Quality Control Processes

CE 252C: Environmental Quality Processes

Technical Interests

Interface of environmental process engineering and environmental microbiology

Applied and environmental molecular biology and bioinformatics

Microbial communities in suspended- and attached-growth biological treatment processes

Sustainable processes to treat and recover nutrients in the wastewater and landfill leachate

Physicochemical and biological treatment and reuse of municipal solid waste


  1. Bolyard, S. C., Motlagh, A. M., Lozinski, D., & Reinhart, D. R. (2019). Impact of organic matter from leachate discharged to wastewater treatment plants on effluent quality and UV disinfection. Waste Management, 88, 257-267.
  1. Yang, Z., & Motlagh, A. M. (2018). Electronics and Metal Finishing Processing. Water Environment Research, 90(10), 1620-1633.
  1. Kibler, K., Reinhart, D.R., Hawkins, C., Wright, J., Motlagh, A.M. (2018) “Food waste and the food-energy-water nexus”, Solid Waste Management, 74, 52-62.
  1. Kordkandi, S.A., Motlagh, A.M. (2017) “Optimization of peroxone reaction rate using metaheuristic approach in the dearomatization and discoloration process”, Environmental Progress & Sustainable Energy, DOI: 1002/ep.12741.
  1. Bhattacharjee, A.S., Motlagh, A.M., Gilcrease, E.B., Islam, M.I., Casjens, S. R., Goel, R. (2017) “Complete genome sequence of lytic bacteriophage RG-2014 that infects the multidrug resistant bacterium Delftia tsuruhatensis ARB-1”, Standard in Genomic Sciences, 12(1), 82.
  1. Motlagh, A.M., Bhattacharjee, A.S., Coutinho, F.H., Dutilh B.E., Casjens, S., Goel, R. (2017) “Metagenomic approach to study phage-host interactions in sediments of the hypersaline environment of the Great Salt Lake”, Frontiers in Microbiology, 8(352).
  1. Bhattacharjee, A., Motlagh, A.M., Jetten, M. Goel, R. (2016) “Methane dependent denitrification from ecosystem to laboratory-scale enrichment for engineering applications”, Water Research, 99, 244-252.
  1. Motlagh, A.M., Bhattacharjee, A., Goel, R. (2016) “Biofilm control with natural and genetically-modified phages”, World Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 32(4), 1-10.
  1. Motlagh, A.M., Bhattacharjee, A.S., Goel, R. (2015) “Microbiological study of bacteriophages induction in presence of chemical stress factors in enhanced biological phosphorus removal (EBPR)”, Water Research, 81, 1-14.
  1. Bhattacharjee, A.S., Choi, J., Motlagh, A.M., Mukherjee, S.T., Goel R. (2015) “Bacteriophage therapy for membrane biofouling in membrane bioreactors and antibiotic-resistant bacterial biofilm”, Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 112(8), 1644-1654.
  2. Motlagh, A.M., Goel, R. (2014) “Sustainability of activated sludge processes”. In: Water Reclamation and Sustainability, 391-414, Waltham, MA: Elsevier Science Ltd. ISBN 9780124165762.
  3. Goel, R.K., Motlagh, A.M. (2014) “Biological phosphorus removal”. In: Comprehensive Water Quality and Purification, 150-162, Burlington, MA: Elsevier Science Ltd. ISBN 9780123821836.
  4. Damasceno de Oliveira, L., Motlagh, A.M., Goel, R., De Souza Missagia, B., De Abreu Filho, B.A., Lautenschslager, S.R. (2014) “The use of bottle caps as submerged aerated filter medium”, Water Science and Technology, 69(7), 1518-1525.
  5. Motlagh, A.M., Pant, S., Gruden, C. (2013) “The impact of cell metabolic activity on biofilm formation and flux decline during cross-flow filtration of ultrafiltration membranes”, Desalination, 316, 85–90.
  6. Zaky, A., Escobar, I., Motlagh, A.M., Gruden, C. (2012) “Determining the influence of active cells and conditioning layer on early stage biofilm formation using cellulose acetate ultrafiltration membranes”, Desalination, 286, 296-303.