The Krajmalnik-Brown Lab has been mentioned in a recent article about the gut bacteria and their role in autism in the publication Scientific American. The article refers to the new discoveries in this field. Including the latest reported results presented at the Anual ASM meeting held in Boston by researchers at Arizona State University (Dr. Kang and Dr. Krajmalnik-Brown) about the different metabolites found in feces from children with autism and compared with those found in healthy children. Read the article here.
Alex Zevin was awarded a travel scholarship to present a poster at the 8th annual Algae Biomass Summit in San Diego on September 29-October 2. His poster focuses on microbial community interactions between heterotrophic bacteria in Synechocystis communties.
The Torres lab recently published "Combining microbial cultures for efficient production of electricity from butyrate in a microbial electrochemical cell" in Bioresource Technology. The paper focuses on microbial community management to encourage butyrate fermentation to acetate by Gammaproteobacteria and Clostridia, which is then utilized by Geobacter to produce electricity. The authors include Joseph Miceli (lead author), Dr. Prathap Parameswaran, Dr. César Torres, and Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown. Check it out here!
Several SCEB members and alumni contributed to "Uranium removal and microbial community in a H2-based membrane biofilm reactor," an article published in Water Research. The article focuses on uranium removal using membrane biofilm reactors (MBfRs) and its effects on microbial community. The article also discusses how the presence of sulfate shifts the composition of the microbial community. Authors include Dr. Chen Zhou, Dr. Aura Ontiveros-Valencia, Alex Zevin, Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, and Dr. Bruce Rittmann. Check it out here!
Congratulations to Devyn Fajardo-Williams on being this year's recipient of the Phoenix/Scottsdale Groundwater Contamination Graduate Fellowship. The fellowship is awarded annually through the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering to an environmental engineering graduate student with a strong commitment to solving environmental problems in Arizona. Congrats Devyn!
Binh Nguyen, a student in the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment, successfully defended his proposal, "Optimizing biomass growth and fatty acid production of Synechocystissp. Pcc6803 by controlling light intensity, pH, and inorganic carbon concentration." His committee includes Dr. Bruce Rittmann (chair), Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, and Dr. Paul Westerhoff. Congrats Binh!
Dr. Krajmalnik-Brown was interviewed and cited in an interesting Nature paper about gastric-bypas surgery. Check out the article "Weight-loss surgery: A gut-wrenching question" by Virginia Hughes on Nature's website.