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Our research focuses on the application of chemical engineering principles to problems in microbial ecology. The aim is to develop a fundamental understanding of mechanisms underlying microbial behavior which will provide insights for future technological innovation.

Bacterial biofilms are ubiquitous. They play a role in the pathogenesis of disease (from dental caries to cystic fibrosis), bioremediation of polluted groundwater and biofouling in chemical manufacturing. Find out how the swimming behavior of bacteria affects attachment to surfaces and the subsequent formation of biofilms.

What we view as chemical pollutants in groundwater, bacteria see as a new carbon source for their diet. The trick is getting the bacteria and the contaminant together so they can go to work on cleaning up our mess. See how chemotaxis may enhance the remediation process.

Some microorganisms love the heat. Learn how they find the hot spots and what keeps them coming back for more.

Modeling Tools
A Bug's Life... Ever wonder what it's like to be a bacterium swimming through the soil? See how we're modeling bacterial motility.



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Department of Chemical Engineering
University of Virginia
Charlottesville, VA 22904