Congratulations to Devyn Fajardo-Williams, who successfully defended her Master thesis on July 20. Devyn's thesis focuses on the bioremediation of trichloroethylene (TCE) using an upflow anaerobic sludge blanket reactor. Her committee includes her chair Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown, Dr. César Torres, and Dr. Sudeep Popat. Congrats Devyn!
Again this year, members of the Swette Center are taking active roles in presenting at the American Society of Microbiology General Meeting in New Orleans on May 30-June 2. Zehra Esra Ilhan is giving the oral presentation "Microbiome of Roux-en-Y Gastric Bypass and Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band Patients: Insights into Weight Loss Post-Bariatric Surgery " at 3:30 PM on June 2 during the Integrative 'Omics Approaches in Model Human Host-Microbiome Systems session in the La Nouvelle Orleans Ballroom C (Second Level). Sofia Esquivel Elizondo is presenting the poster "CO conversion to Acetate: History and Biotechnological Promise" during the poster session on May 31 at 12:30 PM.
The Swette Center is excited to announce the 2015-2016 Swette Undergraduate Sustainability Interns are Brendan Cahill, Jaime Lopez, and Francisco Brown-Munoz. Swette Interns perform research that focuses on using microorganisms to provide sustainable services to society. Study areas include renewable energy, improving water quality, and managing microbial communities. Brendan Cahill, who has been working as a FURI intern and volunteer for two years in the Swette Center, will be working with Dr. Bruce Rittmann and Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown on improving photobioreactor technology. A volunteer for one year, Francisco Brown-Munoz will be working with Dr. Cesar Torres to produce electricity using microbial electrochemical cells. Jaime Lopez will be working with Dr. Hinsby Cadillo-Quiroz exploring microbial communities.
Congratulations to Alex Zevin, who is graduating with his Ph.D. in the Biological Design program. Alex began his Ph.D. studies in fall of 2010, and his research has focused on interactions between Synechocystis cyanobacteria and heterotrophic microorganisms in photobioreactors. He recently defended his dissertation, "Characterization of Structure and Function of Microbial Communities in Synechocystis sp. PCC6803 Photobioreactors." Alex's committee consisted of Dr. Bruce Rittmann (co-chair), Dr. Rosa Krajmalnik-Brown (co-chair), and Dr. Wim Vermass.
Cheer on Alex as he receives his degree during the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Graduate Convocation on May 13 at 2 P.M. at Wells Fargo Arena. Congrats Alex!
Check this short documentary, GUT FEELING about sustainable food and find out more about microbes, from soil to the gut microbiota.
As part of a documentary film class about sustainable food systems, Gut Feeling was created by students from ASU’s School of Sustainability and Cronkite School of Journalism to explore the connections between the degraded conditions of our agricultural soils and declining human health. It turns out small solutions may have a large impact.