Dissertation Defense: Mass Spectrometric and Molecular Analyses of Biological Agents in Environmental Compartments

Time and Date

3:00pm - 4:00pm, Jun 28, 2012


The Biodesign Institute Auditorium, B105

Address: 727 E. Tyler St., Tempe, AZ 85287. Tempe AZ 85287



Erica Hartmann, Graduate Research Associate, Biodesign Institute's Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology and ASU's Biological Design Graduate Program

This thesis discusses the use of mass spectrometry and polymerase chain reaction, among other methods, to detect biomarkers of microorganisms in the environment. These methods can be used to detect bacteria involved in the degradation of environmental pollutants or various single-celled pathogens, including those posing potential threats as bioterrorism agents.