Prof. Tarabara received PhD (2004) and MS (2001) degrees in Environmental Engineering from Rice University in Houston, Texas. His research is in the area of separation processes with applications that include water treatment, industrial pollution control and biosafety monitoring. Prof. Tarabara has co-authored over 100 journal papers and book chapters and served as a co-Editor of the Encyclopedia of Membrane Science and Technology (Wiley). His current editorial duties include serving as an Editor of Separation and Purification Technology (Elsevier) and as the Editor for Special Collections of the Journal of Environmental Engineering (ASCE). He is a recipient of the Paul L. Busch award from the Water Environment Research Foundation and three Fulbright awards – U.S. Scholar fellowship (Georgia), Fulbright Specialist placement (Ukraine) and Global Scholar award (France, Georgia, Singapore). In 2019 he received Doctor honoris causa from the Agricultural University of Georgia in Tbilisi. Dr. Tarabara also serves as Director of the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at Michigan State University.
2022 Fulbright Global Scholar award (host countries: France, Georgia, Singapore)
2021 ASCE Associate Editor award, American Society of Civil Engineers
2021 Fulbright Specialist placement (host country: Ukraine)
2020 Withrow Global Leadership Award, College of Engineering, MSU
2019 Doctor Honoris Causa, Agricultural University of Georgia, Tbilisi, Georgia
2014 Fulbright U.S. Scholar award (host country: Georgia)
2011 Paul L. Busch Award, Water Environment Research Foundation
2010 John K. Hudzik Emerging Leader in Advancing International Studies and Programs award, MSU
2009 Lilly teaching fellow, MSU
2003 Graduate research award in membrane-based separations, AIChE
Ph.D., Environmental Engineering, Rice University, 2004
M.S., Environmental Engineering, Rice University, 2001
Wang, X.; Tarabara, V. V. Virus adhesion to archetypal fomites: A study with human adenovirus and human respiratory syncytial virus. Chem. Eng. J. 429 (2022) 132085.
Wang, X.; Şengür-Taşdemir, R.; Koyuncu, İ.; Tarabara, V. V. Lip balm drying promotes virus attachment: Characterization of lip balm coatings and XDLVO modeling. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 581 (2021) 884–894.
Lasareishvili, B.; Shi, H.; Wang, X.; Hillstead, K. D.; Tediashvili, M.; Jaiani, E.; Tarabara, V. V. Virus recovery by tangential flow filtration: A model to guide the design of a sample concentration process. Biotechnol. Prog. 31 (2021), e3080.
Hejase, C. A.; Tarabara, V. V. Nanofiltration of saline oil-water emulsions: Combined and individual effects of salt concentration polarization and fouling. J. Membr. Sci. 617 (2021) 118607.
Dang. H. T. T.; Tarabara, V. V. Virus deposition onto polyelectrolyte-coated surfaces: A study with bacteriophage MS2. J. Colloid Interface Sci. 540 (2019) 155-166
Shi, H.; Tarabara, V. V. Charge, size distribution and hydrophobicity of viruses: Effect of propagation and purification methods. J. Virol. Methods 256 (2018) 123-132.
Shi, H.; Pasco, E. V.; Tarabara, V. V. Membrane-based methods of virus concentration from water: A review of process parameters and their effects on virus recovery. Environ. Sci.: Water Res. Technol. 3 (2017) 778-792.
Tummons, E. N.; Tarabara, V. V.; Chew, J.-W.; Fane, A. G. Behavior of oil droplets at the membrane surface during crossflow microfiltration of oil-water emulsions. J. Membr. Sci. 500 (2016) 211-224.
Starr, B. J.; Tarabara, V. V.; Herrera-Robledo, M.; Zhou, M.; Roualdes, S.; Ayral, A. Coating porous membranes with a photocatalyst: Comparison of LbL self-assembly and plasma-enhanced CVD techniques. J. Membr. Sci. 514 (2016) 340-349.
Crock, C. A.; Tarabara, V. V. Pd and Pd-Au nanocatalysts supported on exfoliated graphite for high throughput dehalogenation by nanocomposite membranes. Environ. Sci. Nano. 3 (2016) 453-461.
Ahmadiannamini, P.; Bruening, M. L.; Tarabara, V. V. Sacrificial polyelectrolyte multilayer coatings as an approach to membrane fouling control: Disassembly and regeneration mechanisms. J. Membr. Sci. 491 (2015) 149-158.
Guo, B.; Pasco, E. V.; Xagoraraki, I.; Tarabara, V. V. Virus removal and inactivation in a hybrid microfiltration-UV process with a photocatalytic membrane. Separ. Purif. Technol. 149 (2015) 245-254.
Shan, W.; Bacchin, P.; Aimar, P.; Bruening, M. L.; Tarabara, V. V. Polyelectrolyte multilayer films as backflushable nanofiltration membranes with tunable hydrophilicity and surface charge. J. Membr. Sci. 349 (2010) 268-278.
Kim, J.; Shan, W.; Davies, S. H. R.; Baumann, M. J.; Masten, S. J.; Tarabara, V. V. Interactions of aqueous NOM with nanoscale TiO2: Implications for ceramic membrane filtration-ozonation hybrid process. Environ. Sci. Technol. 43 (2009) 5488-5494
Taurozzi, J. S.; Arul, H.; Bosak, V. Z.; Burban, A. F.; Voice, T. C.; Bruening, M. L.; Tarabara, V. V. Effect of filler incorporation route on the properties of polysulfone-silver nanocomposite membranes of different porosities. J. Membr. Sci. 325 (2008) 58-68.