Innovative materials for environmental applications
Water and wastewater treatment
Energy and resources recovery
Energy conversion and storage
Our research centers on the application of innovative materials and devices to address global challenges related to water, energy, food, and environment. It is a two-way practice. Beginning with the challenges, we develop new materials and devices with rational design. Newly developed materials and devices are evaluated during applications, and the experience gained from these applications informs the re-design of the materials and devices. This design-and-evaluation cycle is integral to our research activities and allows continuous improvement.
Computational approaches for studying the ecology and evolution of microorganisms
Development of genomic and proteomic techniques to investigate and quantify in-situ important microbial-mediated processes
Population and single-cell genomics
Assessing the extent and value of biodiversity within natural assemblages of Bacteria and Archaea
Biotechnological applications of microbial functional diversity
Environmental relevance of microbial diseases
Our laboratory focuses on the smallest organisms on the planet, the bacteria and the archaea, which represent the largest reservoir of biodiversity on Earth, drive the life-sustaining biogeochemical cycles, and cause or control diseases in humans, animals, and plants. Our scientific interests are at the interface of microbial ecology with engineering and computational biology. The long-term goals of our research is to broaden understanding of the genetic and metabolic diversity of the microorganisms and to explore this biodiversity for biotechnological applications.