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Otakuye Conroy-Ben

Otakuye Conroy-Ben

Assistant Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment
Arizona State University
PO Box 873005
Tempe, AZ 85287-3005


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor, School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering


Otakuye Conroy-Ben (Oglala Lakota) is an Assistant Professor in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Build Environment at Arizona State University. Conroy-Ben received a BS in Chemistry from the University of Notre Dame, an MA in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Arizona, and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from the University of Arizona.  Her research focuses on the biological effects of polluted water.  Her research interests include environmental endocrine disruption, metal and antibiotic resistance in bacteria, and wastewater epidemiology.  She teaches the courses CEE 361 Introduction to Environmental Engineering, CEE 560 Soil & Groundwater Remediation, and CEE 564 Contaminant Fate and Transport.  Conroy-Ben is advisor to the ASU chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES).


  • PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of Arizona
  • MA, Analytical Chemistry, University of Arizona
  • BS, Chemistry, University of Notre Dame


Journal Articles


Huber, J. M., K. L. Carlson, O. Conroy-Ben, M. Misra and S. K. Mohanty. 2016. Development of a field enhanced photocatalytic device for biocide of coliform bacteria. Journal of Environmental Sciences 44(June):38-44. DOI: 10.1016/j.jes.2015.08.023. (link )


Li, X., S. Teske and O. Conroy-Ben. 2015. Estrogen mimics induce genes encoding chemical efflux proteins in gram-negative bacteria. Chemosphere 128(June):327-331. DOI: 10.1016/j.chemosphere.2015.02.020. (link )


Conroy-Ben, O., E. Kim, M. M. McEvoy and C. Rensing. 2010. Differeing ability to transport nonmetal substrates by two RND-type metal exporters. FEMS Microbiology Letters 308(2):115-122. DOI: 10.1111/j.1574-6968.2010.02006.x. (link )


Conroy, O., A. E. Saez, D. Quanrud, W. Ela and R. G. Arnold. 2007. Changes in estrogen/anti-estrogen activities in ponded secondary effluent. Science of the Total Environmnet 382(2-3):311-323. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2007.04.033. (link )


Conroy, O., D. M. Quanrud, W. P. Ela, D. Wicke, K. E. Lansey and R. G. Arnold. 2005. Fate of wastewater effluent hER-agonists and hER-antagonists during soil aquifer treatment. Environmental Science & Technology 39(7):2287-2293. DOI: 10.1021/es049490b. (link )


Quanrud, D., K. Quast, O. Conroy, M. M. Karpiscak, C. P. Gerba, K. E. Lansey, W. P. Ela and R. G. Arnold. 2004. Estrogenic activity and volume fraction of waste water origin in monitoring wells along the Santa Cruz River, Arizona. Groundwater Monitoring & Remediation 24(2):86-93. DOI: 10.1111/j.1745-6592.2004.tb00716.x. (link )


Ehringer, M. A., J. Thompson, O. Conroy, D. Goldman, T. L. Smith, M. A. Schuckit and J. M. Sikela. 2002. Human alcoholism studies of genes identified through mouse quantitative trait loci analysis. Addiction Biology 7(4):365-371. DOI: 10.1080/1355621021000005496. (link )

Ehringer, M. A., J. Thompson, O. Conroy, F. Yang, R. Hink, B. Bennett, T. E. Johnson and J. M. Sikela. 2002. Fine mapping of polymorphic alcohol-related quantitative trait loci candidate genes using interval-specific congenic recombinant mice. Alocoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research 26(11):1603-1608. DOI: 10.1097/01.ALC.0000036921.33411.67. (link )


Ehringer, M. A., J. Thompson, O. Conroy, Y. Xu, F. Yang, J. Canniff, M. Beeson, L. Gordon, B. Bennett, T. E. Johnson and J. M. Sikela. 2001. High-throughput sequence identification of gene coding variants within alcohol-related QTLs. Mammalian Genome 12(8):657-663. DOI: 10.1007/s00335-001-1001-x. (link )



Muenich, R. L., O. Conroy-Ben, C. Williams and P. Condon. 2019. The nexus of agricultural and urban trade-offs: Enhancing interdisciplinary education and research to create emerging opportunities in urban agriculture. Poster presented at the 21st Annual CAP LTER All Scientists Meeting and Poster Symposium, January 11, 2019, Skysong, Scottsdale, AZ.



Conroy-Ben, O. and T. Christensen. 2013. Reducing Highway Litter. Research Division, Utah Department of Transportation. Final Report UT-13.11. (link )