Contact Rachel Whitton

Areas of expertise

  • Water Science and Engineering


Dr Rachel Whitton joined Cranfield University as a Research Fellow in Biological Engineering in 2016. Rachel obtained her first degree from the University of Portsmouth before joining Cranfield University to undertake an MSc in Water and Wastewater Treatment followed by an EngD through the STREAM IDC. Her EngD research focused on the viability of microalgae for the remediation of wastewater effluents, with a focus on immobilised microalgae. Following completion of her studies, Rachel undertook research in conjunction with Thames Water using flow cytometry for the microbiological characterisation of water reuse treatment processes and distribution networks. Since returning to Cranfield, Rachel has further progressed research activities aligned to microalgae for wastewater remediation in addition to flow cytometry for potable water treatment processes and distribution networks.

Rachel is also part of the STREAM IDC management team.

Current activities

  • Microalgae for wastewater remediation
  • Flow cytometry for assessing microbiological water quality


  • Severn Trent Water
  • DWI


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