Congratulations to Aura Ontiveros-Valencia for successfully defending her dissertation today, "Ecological Interactions Among Nitrate-, Perchlorate-, and Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria in Hydrogen-Fed Biofilm Reactors." Aura is a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Sustainability. Her committee consists of Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown (co-chair), Dr. Bruce Rittmann (co-chair), and Dr. César Torres. Congratulations again, Aura!
Dr. Dae-Wook Kang will be presenting a poster at the at the American Society of Microbiology's (ASM) General Meeting 2014. The topic of Dr. Kang's poster is "Microbial metabolites and their possible effect on autism spectrum disorders." Congratulations Dae-Wook!
Joe Miceli has been selected to present at North American meeting of the International Society for Microbial Electrochemistry and Technology (NA-ISMET). Joe will be presenting "Improving Coulombic Recovery in Fermentable Substrate Fed MECs By Shifting the Products of Fermentation" where he will discuss his work on improving MEC performance through direct utilization of different fermentation products by anode-respiring bacteria. NA-ISMET is being held May 13-15 at Penn State University.
Several SCEB members have published a paper "Managing the interactions between sulfate- and perchlorate-reducing bacteria when using hydrogen-fed biofilms to treat a groundwater with a high perchlorate concentration" in Water Research. The manuscript focuses on the interactions between perchlorate- and sulfate-reducing bacteria in H2-fed membrane biofilm reactors (MBfRs) for groundwater remediation. The authors are Aura Ontiveros-Valencia, Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, and Dr. Bruce Rittmann. SCEB alumni Dr. Youneng Tang also contributed to the manuscript. Congrats everyone!