The Rittmann Lab focuses on using environmental biotechnology from the perspective of managing microbial communities that provide services to society. This is achieved through cross-disciplinary and team-based research in the areas of engineering, science, sustainability, and biological design. Research topics are diverse and include:
- Biofilm drinking water treatment
- Human gut microbiota
- Intimate coupling of advanced oxidation and biodegradation
- Mathematical modeling
- Membrane biofilm reactors (MBfRs)
- Methanogenesis and anaerobic digestion
- Microbial electrochemical cells (MXCs)
- Microbial products
- Molecular microbial ecology
- Nutrient recovery
- Wastewater treatment
The Krajmalnik-Brown Lab carries out research in biodegradation of water contaminants, such as nitrate, perchlorate and chlorinated organics, biotechnology for renewable bioenergy production and microbial ecology in the human gut and its relationship with human diseases. In particular, the lab applies powerful new genomic tools which allow us to uncover the role of microorganisms in all of these settings, and help understand and manage important microbial interactions that lead to successful processes.
The Marcus lab provides practical and fundamental mathematical modeling expertise for environmental biotechnology. Lab research topics range from fundamental concepts like chemical speciation, bioflms and microbial ecology, to practical applications including the human gut, microbial electrochemical cells, wastewater treatment, bioremediation, and membrane biofilm reactors.
The Torres Lab focuses on microbiological technologies that provide energy or high value chemicals to society. The goal of the lab is to make use of microorganisms and their complex enzymatic machinery to carry out reactions that are difficult or impossible through any other known chemical route. The main research topics are microbial electrochemistry, fermentations, and photosynthetic biofuel production.
The Cadillo-Quiroz lab studies the ecology of carbon rich ecosystems, the interactions and activity of microbes in response to or as potential ecosystem drivers, and thegenomics and evolution of microbes to track their mechanisms of change and key innovations. The lab also focuses on novel groups of methane-producing Archaea and interacting bacteria in anaerobic, high carbon-content natural or human engineered environments.