Elizabeth May Dach

Ph.D. Students

Ph.D. Candidate, Earth & Environmental Engineering, Columbia University
M.S., Earth & Environmental Engineering, Columbia University, 2022
B.S., Chemistry, Yale University, 2017

Eliza joined Professor Yip's research group in Fall 2020. She completed her BS in chemistry at Yale, where she studied green chemistry - specifically focused on inorganic catalysis of biomass. After graduating in 2017, Eliza spent three years working at Impossible Foods in Redwood City, CA. As a research associate on the Flavor and Product Development teams, Eliza investigated flavor and texture components of the Impossible Burger: a burger that aims to mimic the sensory experience of eating beef but is made entirely from plant-based ingredients. In Professor Yip's lab, Eliza's current research focus is the desalination of high-salinity brines using Temperature Swing Solvent Extraction (TSSE).

Outside of the lab, Eliza enjoys dancing, aerial circus arts, hiking, and reading.


  • American Chemical Society Division of Environmental Chemistry: Graduate Student Awardee in Environmental Chemistry, 2024
  • NSF Graduate Research Fellowship, 2022-2025
  • Columbia University La Von Duddle Krumb Fellowship, 2020


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