Staff Catalogue


Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Neocleous, 204
96, Kyrenias Ave.

Despo Fatta-Kassinos is a Professor of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. She served as the founding director of Nireas International Water Research Center at the University of Cyprus until 2022. She holds a Diploma in Chemical Engineering from National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), an M.Sc. in Environmental Management and Education from the European Association of Environmental Management and Education and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from NTUA. Up to now she has participated in more than 100 research projects. Since 2003, she has attracted ca. 14 million € as project coordinator/principal investigator. She was the Coordinator of the H2020-MSCA-ITN-2015/675530/ANSWER project (2015-2019) and the Chair of the COST Action NEREUS ES1403 (2014-2018). She is the Chair of the Advisory Board of the African Center of Excellence in Water and Environment Research, while she served as the leader of the WG5 'Wastewater reuse' of NORMAN Association from its creation until 2019. She is a founding member of the International Ph.D. School on Advanced Oxidation Processes and member of its Scientific and Management Committee. She has also served as the Chair of the Scientific and Technological Advisory Board of the European JPI 'Water Challenges for a Changing World' (2015-2019). Her publication record includes 188 papers in refereed journals, 3 environmental books (co-editor), various book chapters, and 135 international conference papers. She has 30,616 citations and an h-index of 78 (Google Scholar). She is a Highly Cited Researcher 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023 (ranked in the top 1% by citations). She is Executive Editor of the Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, and Editor of Water Research, Elsevier. Among other prizes, in 2012 she received the distinguished national research award by the Research and Innovation Foundation of Cyprus, while in 2022 the Noack Laboratorien Outstanding Science Career Award by The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC).



Detailed CV

Her research expertise includes water and wastewater treatment and reuse; contaminants of emerging concern including antimicrobial resistance and novel viruses; advanced chemical oxidation processes; advanced biological treatment; advanced chromatographic analysis for the identification of microcontaminants in environmental matrices; assessment of the biological potency of microcontaminants and wastewater flows through the application of bioassays; antibiotic resistance in the aquatic environment; uptake of microcontaminants by crops during wastewater reuse. 
S. Mansilla, M. Escolà, B. Piña, J. Portugal, I.C. Iakovides, V.G. Beretsou, A. Christou, D. Fatta-Kassinos, J.M. Bayona, V. Matamoros, "Linking the use of reclaimed water to indicators of crop stress by metabolomic and transcriptomic analyses. A tool to compare water irrigation quality", Science of Total Environment, 2023, 908, 168182. 
D. Yalin, …, D. Fatta-Kassinos, …, K. Manoli, …, E. Cytryn, "Mitigating Risks and Maximizing Sustainability of Treated Wastewater Reuse for Irrigation", Water Research X, 2023, 21, 100203. 
M. Jampani, J. Mateo-Sagasta, A. Chandrasekar, D. Fatta-Kassinos, D.W. Graham, R. Gothwal, A. Moodley, V.M. Chadag, D. Wiberg, S. Langan, "Fate and Transport Modelling for Evaluating Antibiotic Resistance in Aquatic Environments: Current Knowledge and Research Priorities", Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2023, 461, 132527.
A. Naziri, T. Mina, K. Manoli, V.G. Beretsou, A. Christou, C. Michael, E. Agathokleous, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "Looking into the effects of co-contamination by micro(nano)plastics in the presence of other pollutants on irrigated edible plants", Science of Total Environment, 2023, 892, 164618.
X. Yin, …, D. Fatta-Kassinos, …, T. Zhang, "Towards a Universal Unit for Quantification of Antibiotic Resistance Genes in Environmental Samples", Environmental Science & Technology, 2023, 57 (26), 9713-9721. 
R. Bade, …, D. Fatta-Kassinos, …, M. Psichoudaki, …, J. Mueller, "Three years of wastewater surveillance for new psychoactive substances in 16 countries", Water Research X, 2023, 19 (1), 100179.
MJ. Wade, …, D. Fatta-Kassinos, …, P. Karaolia…, MI. Zanoli Sato, "Wastewater Monitoring Can Anchor Global Disease Surveillance Systems", The Lancet Global Health, 2023, 11 (6), e976-e981.  
S. Tavazzi, …, D. Fatta-Kassinos, P. Karaolia, I. C. Iakovides, P. Loutsiou, …, B. M. Gawlik, "Short-term stability of wastewater samples for storage and shipment in the context of the EU Sewage Sentinel System for SARS-CoV-2", Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 2023, 11 (2), 109623.
M. Psichoudaki, T. Mina, M. Savvidou, C. Mina, C. Michael, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "Wastewater-based monitoring of illicit drugs in Cyprus by UPLC-MS/MS: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic", Science of the Total Environment, 2023, 854, 158747.
V.G. Beretsou, M.C. Nika, K. Manoli, C. Michael, Q. Sui, L. Lundy, D.M. Revitt, N.S. Thomaidis, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "Multiclass target analysis of contaminants of emerging concern including transformation products, soil bioavailability assessment and retrospective screening as tools to evaluate risks associated with reclaimed water reuse", Science of the Total Environment, 2022, 852, 158391.
K. Manoli, A. Naziri, I. Ttofi, C. Michael, I.J. Allan, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "Investigation of the effect of microplastics on the UV inactivation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria in water", Water Research, 2022, 222, 118906.
P. Karaolia, C. Michael, T. Schwartz, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "Membrane bioreactor followed by solar photo-Fenton oxidation: Bacterial community structure changes and bacterial reduction", Science of the Total Environment, 2022, 847, 157594.
E. Agathokleous, …, D. Fatta-Kassinos, …, E.J. Calabrese, "Rethinking subthreshold effects in regulatory chemical risk assessments", Environmental Science & Technology, 2022, 56, 11095-11099.
S.G. Michael, B. Drigo, I. Michael-Kordatou, C. Michael, T. Jäger, S.C. Aleer, T. Schwartz, E. Donner, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "The effect of ultrafiltration process on the fate of antibiotic-related microcontaminants, pathogenic microbes, and toxicity in urban wastewater", Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2022, 435, 128943.
M.K.D. Dueholm, M. Nierychlo, K.S. Andersen, V. Rudkjøbing, S. Knutsson, MiDAS Global Consortium (S. Arriaga, …, D. Fatta-Kassinos, …, P.H. Nielsen), M. Albertsen, P.H. Nielsen, "MiDAS 4: A global catalogue of full-length 16S rRNA gene sequences and taxonomy for studies of bacterial communities in wastewater treatment plants", Nature Communications, 2022, 13 (1908).
I. J. Allan, S. Samanipour, K. Manoli, J. Gigault, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "Examining the Relevance of the Microplastic-Associated Additive Fraction in Environmental Compartments", ACS ES&T Water, 2022, 2 (3), 405-413.
J. L. Wilkinson, …, D. Fatta-Kassinos, L. I. Ttofa, …, C. Teta, "Pharmaceutical Pollution of the World’s Rivers", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United State of America (PNAS), 2022, 119 (8), e2113947119.
S. Balachandran, L. V. C. Charamba, K. Manoli, P. Karaolia, S. Caucci, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "Simultaneous inactivation of multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli and enterococci by peracetic acid in urban wastewater: Exposure-based kinetics and comparison with chlorine", Water Research, 2021, 202, 117403.
I. C. Iakovides, K. Manoli, P. Karaolia, I. Michael-Kordatou, C. M. Manaia, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "Reduction of antibiotic resistance determinants in urban wastewater by ozone: Emphasis on the impact of wastewater matrix towards the inactivation kinetics, toxicity and bacterial regrowth", Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2021, 420, 126527.
P. Karaolia, S. Vasileiadis, S. G. Michael, D. G. Karpouzas, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "Shotgun metagenomics assessment of the resistome, mobilome, pathogen dynamics and their ecological control modes in full-scale urban wastewater treatment plants", Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2021, 418, 126387.
L. Lundy, D. Fatta Kassinos, J. Slobodnik, P. Karaolia, L. Cirka, N. Kreuzinger, S. Castiglioni, L. Bijlsma, V. Dulio, G. Deviller, F. Yin Lai, N. Alygizakis, M. Barneo, J. A. Baz-Lomba, F. Béen, M. Cíchová, K. Conde-Pérez, A. Covaci, E. Donner, A. Ficek, F. Hassard, A. Hedström, F. Hernandez, V. Janská, K. Jellison, J. Hofman, K. Hill, P.-Y. Hong, B. Kasprzyk-Hordern, S. Kolarević, J. Krahulec, D. Lambropoulou, R. de Llanos, T. Mackuľak, L. Martinez-García, F. Martínez, G. Medema, A. Micsinai, M. Myrmel, M. Nasser, H. Niederstätter, L. Nozal , H. Oberacher , V. Očenášková, L. Ogorzaly, D. Papadopoulos, B. Peinado, T. Pitkänen , M. Poza, S. Rumbo-Feal, B. Sánchez, A. J. Székely, A. Soltysova, N. S. Thomaidis, J. Vallejo, A. van Nuijs, V. Ware, M. Viklander, "Making Waves: Collaboration in the time of SARS-CoV-2 - rapid development of an international co-operation and wastewater surveillance database to support public health decision-making", Water Research, 2021, 199, 117167.
L. Ioannou-Ttofa, S. Foteinis, A. Seifelnasr Moustafa, E. Abdelsalam, M. Samer, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "Life cycle assessment of household biogas production in Egypt: Influence of digester volume, biogas leakages, and digestate valorization as biofertilizer", Journal of Cleaner Production, 2021, 286, 125468.
D. M. Revitt, L. Lundy, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "Development of a qualitative approach to assessing risks associated with the use of treated wastewater in agricultural irrigation", Journal of Hazardous Materials, 2021, 406, 124286.
I. Michael-Kordatou, P. Karaolia, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "Sewage analysis as a tool for the COVID-19 pandemic response and management: the urgent need for optimized protocols for SARS-CoV-2 detection and quantification", Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering, 2020, 8 (5), 104306.
V. G. Beretsou, I. Michael-Kordatou, C. Michael, D. Santoro, M. El-Halwagy, T. Jäger, H. Besselink, T. Schwartz, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "A chemical, microbiological and (eco)toxicological scheme to understand the efficiency of UV-C/H2O2 oxidation on antibiotic-related microcontaminants in treated urban wastewater", Science of the Total Environment, 2020, 744, 140835.
S. G. Michael, I. Michael-Kordatou, S. Nahim-Granados, M. I. Polo-López, J. Rocha, A. B. Martínez-Piernas, P. Fernández-Ibáñez, A. Agüera, C. M. Manaia, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "Investigating the impact of UV-C/H2O2and sunlight/H2O2on the removal of antibiotics, antibiotic resistance determinants and toxicity present in urban wastewater", Chemical Engineering Journal, 2020, 388, 124383.
G. Deviller, L. Lundy, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "Recommendations to derive quality standards for chemical pollutants in reclaimed water intended for reuse in agricultural irrigation", Chemosphere, 2020, 240, 124911.
I.C. Iakovides, I. Michael-Kordatou, N.F.F. Moreira, A.R. Ribeiro, T. Fernandes, M.F.R. Pereira, O.C. Nunes, C.M. Manaia, A.M.T. Silva, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "Continuous ozonation of urban wastewater: removal of antibiotics, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and antibiotic resistance genes and phytotoxicity", Water Research, 2019, 159, 333-347.
K.M.M. Pärnänen, C. Narciso-da-Rocha, D. Kneis, T.U. Berendonk, D. Cacace, T. Thuy Do, C. Elpers, D. Fatta-Kassinos, I. Henriques, T. Jaeger, A. Karkman, J.L. Martinez, S.G. Michael, I. Michael-Kordatou, K. O’Sullivan, S. Rodriguez-Mozaz, T. Schwartz, H. Sheng, H. Sørum, R.D. Stedtfeld, J.M. Tiedje, S. Varela Della Giustina, F. Walsh, I. Vaz-Moreira, M. Virta, C.M. Manaia, "Antibiotic resistance in European wastewater treatment plants mirrors the pattern of clinical antibiotic resistance prevalence", Science Advances, 2019, 5, eaau9124.
S.G. Michael, I. Michael-Kordatou, V.G. Beretsou, T. Jäger, C. Michael, T. Schwartz, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "Solar photo-Fenton oxidation followed by adsorption on activated carbon for the minimisation of antibiotic resistance determinants and toxicity present in urban wastewater", Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2019, 244, 871-880.
K. Kümmerer, D. D. Dionysiou, O. Olsson,D. Fatta-Kassinos, "A path to clean water", Science2018, 361, 222-224.
P. Karaolia, I. Michael-Kordatou, E. Hapeshi, C. Drosou, Y. Bertakis, D. Christofilos, G. S. Armatas, L. Sygellou, T. Schwartz, N. P. Xekoukoulotakis, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "Removal of antibiotics, antibiotic-resistant bacteria and their associated genes by graphene-based TiO2composite photocatalysts under solar radiation in urban wastewaters", Applied Catalysis B: Environmental, 2018, 224, 810-824.
I. Michael-Kordatou, P. Karaolia, D. Fatta-Kassinos, "The role of operating parameters and oxidative damage mechanisms of Advanced Chemical Oxidation Processes in the combat against antibiotic-resistant bacteria and resistance genes present in urban wastewater″, Water Research, 2018, 128, 1-23.