Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm
AHF, Torrey Webb Room 3616 Trousdale Pkwy #153
The power of biology to fuel the future: microbially mediated electromagnetic to chemical energy transformations--
The Coates Lab focuses on environmental microbiology: applied microbiology and bioremediation. We investigate removal of radioactive toxic metals, carcinogenic petroleum-based hydrocarbon contaminants, and toxic munitions byproducts from the environment. Recently, we identified dominant groups of bacteria that can transform perchlorate wastes into innocuous chloride, isolated and characterized more than 40 such bacteria, and identified the common biochemical pathway and genetic systems involved.