Assistant Professor

Dr. Subhavana K L

Department of Civil Engineering

  1. Environmental health monitoring
  2. Source attribution of trace pollutants
  3. Exposure pathways of trace pollutants



Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati
B.Tech [Civil Engineering]


Indian Institute of Technology, Hyderabad,
M.Tech – PhD

Professional Service

  • April 2019 – September 2019 – Senior Research Fellow – IIT Hyderabad
  • January 2020 – May 2020 – Visiting Assistant Professor – Mahindra University, Hyderabad

Research Interest

  • With our lives dependent on the quality of food we eat, air we breathe, water we drink, my interests lie in studying and quantifying the exposures due to trace pollutants (like mercury and persistent organic pollutants), their respective sources and the exposure routes to our human kind.

Awards & Fellowships

  • 2020 - Excellence in Research Award - IIT Hyderabad
  • 2019 - Travel grant award - International Travel grant Scheme (ITS), Science and Engineering Research Board (SERB), Department of Science & Technology (DST) and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Government of India
  • 2017 – Travel grant award – Organizing committee of International Conference on Mercury as a Global Pollutant, Providence, USA.
  • 2016 – Only recipient of travel grant from Asian region - International Institute for Environmental Studies (IIES)

List of Publications

  • Mercury levels in human hair in South India: baseline, artisanal goldsmiths and coal-fired power plants - Subhavana, K.L., Qureshi, A. and Roy, A. Journal of exposure science & environmental epidemiology, p.1. (2019)
  • Mercury and Organochlorines in the Terrestrial Environment of Schirmacher Hills, Antarctica - Subhavana, K.L., Qureshi, A., Chakraborty, P. and Tiwari, A.K., Bulletin of environmental contamination and toxicology, 102(1), pp.13-18 (2019)
  • Mercury in Marine, Freshwater and Aquaculture Species from South India and Human Exposure Risk Assessment. Subhavana, K.L., Keerthana, R.T. & Qureshi, A. Exposure and Health (2020)
  • Multimedia mercury cycling in a legacy contaminated tropical montane forest (Kodaikanal, India) and implications for monitoring and assessment of future contaminated regions. Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste Management. Vol. 24, Issue 4 (2020)

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