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PhD, Stanford University
MS, Yale University
BS, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Kimberly Parker

Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering

Assistant Professor


Photochemical, oxidative, and biochemical reactions in natural and engineered environmental systems


Professor Parker’s research group is advancing the state of the science in environmental engineering and chemistry to address emerging challenges relating to water quality, agriculture and energy. The group’s ultimate goal is to predict contaminant behavior in environmental systems and to optimize strategies to minimize the risk posed by these contaminants to human and ecosystem health.


Professor Parker earned her PhD at Stanford University, where she was supported by the Abel Wolman Fellowship (American Water Works Association), the Gerald J. Lieberman Fellowship (from Stanford for excellence in teaching), and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. She was then awarded a Marie Curie Individual Fellowship (European Commission) to conduct research at ETH Zurich (Switzerland) prior to joining the faculty at Washington University.

Her research has been recognized with honors including the Best Science Paper of the Year published in Environmental Science & Technology (2016) and the Paul V. Roberts/AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award (2017).

Studies environmental organic chemistry in natural & engineered systems

In the News



New method for measuring RNAi pesticide in soilhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/New-method-for-measuring-RNAi-pesticide-in-soil.aspxNew method for measuring RNAi pesticide in soil
Parker awarded $110,000 from ACS for biomacromolecule researchhttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Parker-awarded-110-thousand-dollars-from-ACS-for-biomacromolecule-research.aspxParker awarded $110,000 from ACS for biomacromolecule research
Study first to show processes determining fate of new RNA pesticides in soilshttps://engineering.wustl.edu/news/Pages/Study-first-to-show-processes-determining-fate-of-new-RNA-pesticides-in-soils.aspxStudy first to show processes determining fate of new RNA pesticides in soils