Shadi’s main research area is about investigating the occurrence and environmental effects of pollutants released from building materials into the urban stormwater. One group of these pollutants are biocides which are commonly used in building materials and facade paints to protect the surfaces from microorganisms such as fungi and algae. These biocides can leach from the materials and be transported to the environment by stormwater runoff. However, the contribution of different building materials to this contamination has only been examined to a limited extent. The focus of the research is based on lab scale leaching experiments of different building materials. Toxic effects of the released pollutants will be assessed on aquatic microorganisms.
During her master studies at Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, Shadi has investigated the possible role of trace elements on gastric cancer by measuring the concentration of these elements in cancer and non-cancer patients. Another project she was involved in was evaluating the health risk assessment of heavy metals in local water sources and commonly consumed herbal plants. For her Ph.D. thesis, she worked on the synthesis and modification of nano photocatalysts for water and wastewater treatment. Besides, she assessed the ecotoxicology effects of nanoparticles on aquatic organisms.