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Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology Lab Using molecular biotechnology to address current challenges in environmental engineering

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The Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology Lab investigates the interactions and dynamics between human mediated stressors on microbiomes in both natural and engineered systems.  Our overarching goal is to bridge the gaps among biotechnology, biogeochemical processes, and engineering to understand how the community structure and function of microbial communities impact the efficiency of engineered systems as well as to increase system resilience and sustainability. Our core research focuses on 1) Assessing environmental microbiome structural and functional fingerprints within engineered and environmental systems, 2) Improving the sustainability of water and wastewater treatment by harnessing and manipulating interactions among microbiomes, and 3) Applying these approaches for in situ applications in water treatment technologies, ecosystem sustainability, and bioremediation.