Frank Loeffler, UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Microbiology, was featured in Science-Omega for his research involving nitrous oxide. Loeffler and his international team has discovered that the range of microorganisms which combat the greenhouse gas is broader than expected.
It is not an uncommon sight. Lakes and streams that were once safe to swim or fish in are now off limits to human contact. The threat is most likely a toxin—called microcystin—produced by blue-green algae. Steven Wilhelm, microbiology professor at UT Knoxville, is leading an effort to find bacteria to consume harmful algal toxins and clean up fresh water.
Jeffrey Becker, Chancellor’s Professor and head of the department of microbiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has been named a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Drug Discovery and Mechanisms of Antimicrobial Resistance Study Section, Center for Scientific Review.
UT Knoxville is striving to become a Top 25 public research university in the next 10 years. Strengthening our capacity and productivity in research, scholarship and creative activity is key to getting us there. Governor’s chair professor Frank Loeffler is leading the field of bioremediation — the use of microbes and other organisms to decontaminate polluted water and other damaged aspects of the environment.
UT Knoxville has set its sights on becoming a Top 25 public research university in the next 10 years. Over the next few weeks, Tennessee Today will feature our faculty and staff whose work helps advance our goals. Learn how microbiology professor Steven Wilhelm is helping to enhance the undergraduate experience by drawing students into a lab early in their college career.
Frank Loeffler, a leading expert in environmental microbiology and the use of bacteria to clean and protect environmental resources, has been named the sixth UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair. Loeffler will serve in the departments of microbiology and civil and environmental engineering at UT Knoxville and in ORNL’s biological and environmental sciences directorate.
Roberto Kolter of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics will present a seminar entitled “Functional Anatomy of a Bacterial Biofilm,” 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, in 32 Alumni Memorial Building.