Andrea Silverman

Assistant Professor


Andrea Silverman

Andrea Silverman is an Assistant Professor, with joint appointments in the Department of Civil and Urban Engineering at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering, and the Department of Global Health at the NYU College of Global Public Health. 

The overarching goal of Dr. Silverman’s work is to develop sustainable and appropriate wastewater treatment systems, in an effort to protect public health and environmental quality. Within the broad topics of water quality and wastewater treatment, she focuses on the detection and control of waterborne pathogens, the design of natural wastewater treatment systems (e.g., treatment ponds and constructed wetlands), and the safe reuse of human waste.

Dr. Silverman works in both high- and low-income settings, and has conducted field research in California, USA; Accra, Ghana; and Nairobi, Kenya.

Research Interests: Detection and control of waterborne pathogens, wastewater and fecal sludge treatment for reuse, natural disinfection mechanisms, waste stabilization ponds and constructed wetlands, wastewater use in agriculture, on-site sanitation systems in cities

Massachusetts Institute of Technology 2005
Bachelor of Science, Environmental Engineering

University of California, Berkeley 2009
Master of Science, Environmental Engineering

University of California, Berkeley 2013
PhD, Environmental Engineering

Journal Articles

- Andrea I. Silverman and Alexandria B. Boehm. 2020. Systematic review and meta-analysis of the persistence and disinfection of human coronaviruses and their viral surrogates in water and wastewater. Environmental Science & Technology Letters.

- Xinyi Zhang, Amanda Lardizabal, Andrea I. Silverman, Davide Vione, Tamar Kohn, Thanh H. Nguyen, and Jeremy S. Guest. 2020. Global sensitivity analysis of environmental, water quality, photoreactivity, and engineering design parameters in sunlight inactivation of viruses. Environmental Science & Technology.

- Adlai Katzenberg, Akash Raman, Nicole L. Schnabel, Andrea L. Quispe, Andrea I. Silverman, and Miguel A. Modestino. 2020. Photocatalytic hydrogels for removal of organic contaminants from aqueous solution. Reaction Chemistry & Engineering, 5: 377–386.

- Alexandria B. Boehm, Andrea I. Silverman, Alexander Schriewer, and Kelly Goodwin. 2019. Systematic review and meta-analysis of decay rates of waterborne mammalian viruses and coliphages in surface waters. Water Research, 164.

- Andrea I. Silverman, Nerissa Tay, and Nikoloas Machairas. 2019. Comparison of biological weighting functions used to model endogenous sunlight inactivation rates of MS2 coliphage. Water Research, 151: 439-446.

- Andrea I. Silverman, David L. Sedlak, and Kara L. Nelson. 2019. Simplified process to determine rate constants for sunlight-mediated removal of trace organic and microbial contaminants in unit process open-water treatment wetlands. Environmental Engineering Science, 36: 43-59.

- Kara L. Nelson, Alexandria B. Boehm, Rob J. Davies-Colley, Michael C. Dodd, Tamar Kohn, Karl G. Linden, Y. Liu, Peter A. Maraccini, Kris McNeill, William A. Mitch, Thanh H. Nguyen, Kimberly M. Parker, Roberto A. Rodriguez, Lauren M. Sassoubre, Andrea I. Silverman, Krista R. Wigginton, and Richard G. Zepp. 2018. Sunlight-mediated inactivation of microorganisms in water: A review of mechanisms and modeling approaches. Environmental Science: Processes & Technologies, 20: 1089-1122.

- Andrea I. Silverman and Kara L. Nelson. 2016. Modeling the endogenous sunlight inactivation rates of laboratory strain and wastewater E. coli and enterococci using biological weighting functions. Environmental Science & Technology, 50: 12292−12301.

Andrea I. Silverman, Mi T. Nguyen, Iris E. Schilling, Jannis Wenk, and Kara L. Nelson. 2015. Sunlight inactivation of viruses in open-water unit process treatment wetlands: Modeling endogenous and exogenous inactivation rates. Environmental Science & Technology, 49: 2757- 2766.

Andrea I. Silverman, Mark O. Akrong, Pay Drechsel, and Kara L. Nelson. 2014. On-farm treatment of wastewater used for vegetable irrigation: Bacteria and virus removal in small ponds in Accra, Ghana. Journal of Water Reuse and Desalination, 4: 276-286.

- Mi T. Nguyen, Andrea I. Silverman, and Kara L. Nelson. 2014. Sunlight inactivation of MS2 coliphage in the absence of photosensitizers: Modeling the endogenous inactivation rate using a photoaction spectrum. Environmental Science & Technology, 48: 3891-3898.

Andrea I. Silverman, Britt M. Peterson, Alexandria B. Boehm, Kristopher McNeill, and Kara L. Nelson. 2013. Sunlight inactivation of human viruses and bacteriophages in coastal waters containing natural photosensitizers. Environmental Science & Technology, 47: 1870–1878.

- Andrea I. Silverman, Mark O. Akrong, Philip Amoah, Pay Drechsel, and Kara L. Nelson. 2013. Quantification of human norovirus GII, human adenovirus, and fecal indicator organisms in wastewater used for irrigation in Accra, Ghana. Journal of Water and Health, 11: 473-488.

- Lauren M. Sassoubre, Dave C. Love, Andrea I. Silverman, Kara L. Nelson, and Alexandria B. Boehm. 2012. Comparison of enterovirus and adenovirus concentration and enumeration methods in seawater from Southern California, USA and Baja Malibu, Mexico. Journal of Water and Health, 10: 419-430.

- Dave C. Love, Andrea I. Silverman, and Kara L. Nelson. 2010. Human virus and bacteriophage inactivation in clear water by simulated sunlight compared to bacteriophage inactivation at a Southern California beach. Environmental Science & Technology, 44: 6965-6970.


Book Chapters and Design Manuals

- Andrea I. Silverman, Kara L. Nelson, and David L. Sedlak 2019. Guidelines for the Design and Operation of Unit-process, Open-water Wetlands. Guidance manual published by the Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation’s Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt). LINK

- Bernard Keraita, Andrea I. Silverman, Philip Amoah, and Senorpe Asem-Hiablie. 2014. Quality of Irrigation Water Used for Urban Vegetable Production. In: Irrigated Urban Vegetable Production in Ghana: Characteristics, Benefits and Risk Mitigation, 2nd Ed. P. Drechsel and B. Keraita, Eds. pp. 62-73. LINK

Current Projects, Research Labs, and Groups