Arash Zamyadi, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Founded & leading BGA Innovation Hub Follow me on twitter @ArashZamyadi


At BGA Innovation Hub my goal is to bring together individuals and teams exploring the evolution of water and algal related challenges and opportunities brought about by climate change in the context of:  

  • Water – Food – Energy Nexus
  • Teaching Learning & Youth Empowerment

Funded (ongoing funds and founding funds) by:


Water is a core necessity in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the UN and I believe it is imperative to provide access to clean water and sanitation for all. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to clean water, with some waters containing lots of microorganisms that are harmful for public health, for example potentially toxic cyanobacteria species.  However, we can use these microorganisms to advance our circular economy. If treated properly, we can utilise some cyanobacterial and algal species to produce energy and food.

I have demonstrated capacity to primarily aim my research activities at evolution of water treatment challenges brought about by climate change, with specific experience in how climate change and harmful algal blooms (HABs) affect water treatment, removal of combined microbial/chemical contaminants and reuse opportunities. I have also broadened my research focus to the use of microalgae for “energy” and “food” production. Let’s turn this situation to our advantage by empowering our future generation to not only provide clean water, but also turn it into energy and food for all. This mission has become even more vital for me after the birth of my son Phoenix, as I now understand the unconditional love of parents for their children and the pain of seeing one’s child hungry or sick. Our collective effort is the phoenix which will rise to provide a bright clean future for us and generations to come! 


Professional work experience during last 10 years


International Water Association (IWA) Fellow

Research Project Manager

Water Research Australia Limited (WaterRA), Melbourne, Australia

Adjunct Academic Fellow

Water Research Centre, School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia 

Assistant Professor

Civil, Geological and Mining Department, Polytechnique Montréal, University of Montreal, Montreal, Canada

  • Co-investigator Water Research Foundation (WRF) Grants.
  • Scientific Director of Algal Blooms, Treatment, Risk Assessment, Prediction and Prevention through Genomics (ATRAPP) project.
  • Leading Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery and Engage Grant programs.








Senior Research Associate (Level B Academic Staff - Lecturer),

Water Research Centre (WRC), School of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, University of New South Wales (UNSW), Sydney, Australia 







NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, 

Drinking Water Research Group (DWRG), Civil Engineering Department, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada





2012 - 2014



Research Associate,

NSERC Industrial Chair in Drinking Water Treatment, Département des génies civil, géologie et des mines, École Polytechnique de Montreal, Montreal, Canada




2011 - 2012



Environmental monitoring R&D consultant, 

Yellow Springs Instrument (YSI) Inc., Yellow Springs, Ohio, USA








LANGUAGE SKILLS: Fluent oral, written, and spoken in English, French, and Farsi (Persian).   

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