Dean & Professor, College Of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Ferran Garcia-Pichel and his collaborators study the roles, adaptations, and impacts of microbes in natural environments that range from desert soils to shallow marine waters. The microbes they study play roles of ecological importance, including the formation and destruction of minerals, the prevention of soil erosion, or the biogeochemicalcycling of nutrients.
Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences
Hinsby Cadillo–Quiroz studies how microbes participate in ecosystem and applied processes. He and his research team are investigating whether microbe-mediated organismal and environmental interactions drive ecosystem processes, particularly carbon cycling. The Cadillo lab has a dual affiliation between the School of Life Sciences and the Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology at the Biodesign Institute.
Assistant Professor, The Biodesign Institute, Swette Center for Environmental Biotechnology
Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown is currently an associate professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering and is part of the Center for Environmental Biotechnology in the Biodesign Institute. The Krajmalnik-Brown Laboratory uses strong microbiological skills, genomic techniques, and environmental engineering to carry 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.
Associate Professor, CLS Poly Science and Math
Christopher Penton is a microbial ecologist interested in establishing linkages between microbial (bacterial and fungal) functional community structure and abundances with biogeochemical and plant disease processes. His research addresses bacterial and fungal functional guilds that impact ecosystem processes across spatial and temporal scales, from the local to the global. Other interests include improving primer coverage for next-next generation sequencing and high throughput quantitative PCR (qPCR) for functional genes involved in nitrogen and carbon cycling.
Associate Dean for Research and Professor, College of Nursing and Health Innovation
Elizabeth Reifsnider's current research involve the public health nursing interventions to improve the nutrition and growth of pregnant women, infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, especially regarding breastfeeding and prevention of failure to thrive and overweight/obesity.