Microorganisms have played a dominant role in shaping the chemical and physical properties of our planet. Today, our society relies on the vast biodiversity of microorganisms to provide ecosystem services at municipal scales, such as water and wastewater treatment and bioremediation. From an engineering context, our research focuses on developing biotechnology platforms that harness the metabolic diversity of microbial communities to preserve our planet's valuable natural resources and promote the circular bio-economy.
We apply molecular-microbiology approaches coupled with process engineering to manage microbiomes to provide ecosystem services. We want to understand how to predict process rates of mixed microbial communities so that we can better engineer sustainable biotechnologies.
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keywords: resource recovery, wastewater treatment, microbial ecology, anaerobic biotechnology, biological nutrient removal, nutrient cycling, environmental microbiology, genomics