Tatiana Zuniga-Burgos

Tatiana Zuniga-Burgos

Research interests

My research area is focus on improving the knowledge surrounding luxury phosphorus uptake by microalgae, in order to explore its potential application in wastewater treatment:

  1. Contribute to the knowledge of phosphorus regulation mechanisms by the green microalgae Chlamydomonas reinhardtii .
  2. Effects of environmental factors microalgal growth and phosphorus location and accumulation within the cells.
  3. Luxury phosphorus uptake performance under temperate and tropical climate conditions for microalgae-based wastewater treatment (MBWT).
  4. Potential of microalgal biomass produced from MBWT as biofertilizer, as a means to close the broken phosphorus cycle and mitigate its effects on our environment and society (following a circular economy philosophy).
  5. Assess the socioeconomical impacts of this application (4.) on energy monocrops in developing countries.


  • MSc in Environmental engineering (Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia)
  • Bs in Environmental engineering (Universidad de Los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia)

Research groups and institutes

  • Water, Public Health and Environmental Engineering