Nandini Raman took up an internship as Master student in India monitoring water quality of a densely populated city- Bangalore Urban, India. Her keen interest in the broader umbrella of water quality motivated to pursue an Erasmus Joint Master program in Groundwater and Global change jointly from UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education, Delft, The Netherlands; Technische Universität Dresden, Germany & Instituto Superior Técnico- Lisbon, Portugal. This program along with her internship at the Institute of Groundwater Ecology (IGOE)- Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany channelized Nandini's interest towards emerging contaminants: their role in water quality & effects on aquatic organisms.
In her current position as a PhD student at AKWA, Nandini explores the sub-lethal effects of major group of micropollutants i.e. therapeutic drugs and their role in aquatic ecosystem functioning. Along with the subtle and sub-lethal effects of micropollutants, she is also intrigued by the global discrepancy in monitoring different groups of micropollutants and the possibilities of using citizen science as tool to monitor these group of contaminants.