Lisa Alvarez-Cohen
Published April 15, 2016
Updated October 1, 2021

Lisa Alvarez-Cohen is a civil and environmental engineering professor at the University of California, Berkeley, where she also serves as the vice provost for Academic Planning.

Her expertise is in environmental microbiology, environmental engineering and bioremediation — a waste management technique that uses organisms to remove contaminants. Alvarez-Cohen is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and has co-authored an undergraduate textbook titled Environmental Engineering Science.

Headshot; A Latin American woman with shoulder length, wavy, light brown hair, smiles at the camera. She is wearing a dark purple blazer and a gold chain necklace

Pronouns: She/her

Expertise: Environmental engineering, environmental microbiology, bioremediation, molecular and isotopic techniques for studying environmental microbial communities

Location: Berkeley, Calif.


Phone: (510) 664-7213

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