Dr. Tehrani has recently started his tenure-track research position at Temple University. Previously, he has served as an assistant professor of instruction from fall 2013 to fall 2018. His Ph.D. dissertation and post-graduation studies were mainly focused on the employment of molecular biology techniques in environmental engineering. Use of innovative materials and processes is his current passion and new area of research.
Dr. Tehrani has received his Ph.D. from Temple University, department of civil and environmental engineering. He has published the first critical review on the source, fate, and toxicity of OH-PCBs in the environment. He was also the first to systematically study and publish the bacterial degradation pathways for OH-PCBs and genomic responses of bacterial cells exposed to OH-PCBs. He has extensively employed biotechnology tools in investigating bacterial degradation pathways for OH-PCBs. He is currently the chair of AEESP education committee. He has received his MS degree from the civil engineering department at Dalhousie University in Canada, where he studied arsenic removal from drinking water through adsorption mechanisms.

Research Interests

  • Current: synthesis of newly developed materials and employment of biotechnology tools in environmental engineering
    Previous: Employment of molecular biology tools, remediation of contaminated soil & sediments, and studying fate of chlorinated organic contaminants & their metabolites in natural systems

Courses Taught




ENGR 1101

Introduction to Engineering & Engineering Technology


ENGR 1901

Honors Introduction to Engineering


ENGR 9185

Exper Engineer Prof I


CEE 4722

Water/Wastewater Lab


CEE 5793

Environmental Biotechnology


ENVT 0845

The Environment


Selected Publications

  • Subramanian, S., Tehrani, R., & Aken, B.V. (2019). Transcriptomic response of Arabidopsis thaliana exposed to hydroxylated polychlorinated biphenyls (OH-PCBs). International Journal of Phytoremediation, 21(1), pp. 52-59. doi: 10.1080/15226514.2018.1523872

  • Bhalla, R., Tehrani, R., & Aken, B.V. (2016). Toxicity of hydroxylated polychlorinated biphenyls (HO-PCBs) using the bioluminescent assay Microtox®. Ecotoxicology, 25(7), pp. 1438-1444. doi: 10.1007/s10646-016-1693-z

  • Tehrani, R., Lyv, M.M., & Aken, B.V. (2014). Transformation of hydroxylated derivatives of 2,5-dichlorobiphenyl and 2,4,6-trichlorobiphenyl by Burkholderia xenovorans LB400. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21(10), pp. 6346-6353. doi: 10.1007/s11356-013-1629-6

  • Tehrani, R. & Aken, B.V. (2014). Hydroxylated polychlorinated biphenyls in the environment: Sources, fate, and toxicities. Environmental Science and Pollution Research, 21(10), pp. 6334-6345. doi: 10.1007/s11356-013-1742-6