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Diliya Murtazina

Environmental and Climate Sciences


Supervising Faculty: Terry C. Hazen

Diliya Murtazina is a native of Kazakhstan and works as a researcher for Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the Biosciences Division (the U.S. Department of Energy). Her research interests include sustainability, landscape ecology, water quality, environmental protection, data mining, and renewable energy. Before joining Bredesen Center, she had an internship experience at the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment at the UIUC.

Currently, Diliya is working on the ENIGMA - Ecosystems and Networks Integrated with Genes and Molecular Assemblies (, a Scientific Focus Area Program, based upon work supported by the U.S. Department of Energy, Office of Science, Office of Biological & Environmental Research under contract number DE-AC02-05CH11231.                                                          

She enjoys reading world classics, gardening, hiking, running, swimming, snorkeling, and traveling in her spare time. She is an active member of the Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society and a part of UTK GradSWE, Society of Women Engineers  activities and the Kazakh Student Association.


Sustainability, landscape ecology, water quality, environmental protection, data mining, and renewable energy


Bachelor in Ecology and Environmental Management - Lomonosov Moscow State University (May 2014)

Master of Engineering in Energy Systems - the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (May 2017)

Awards and Recognitions

Gamma Beta Phi National Honor Society member - since 2018

Bachelor of Ecology and Environmental Management, Diploma with Honors - May 2014

State Grant of the Republic of Kazakhstan, with free tuition and stipend for students - 5 years Academic Scholarship 2009-2014