Faculty – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Chemistry

Beth Ahner, Ph.D., MIT, 1994.  Trace metal speciation and trace metal detoxification mechanisms in marine microbes and plants. Dupont, C. L., R. K. Nelson, S. Bashir, J. W. Moffett, and B. A. Ahner. Novel copper-binding and nitrogen-rich thiols produced and exuded by Emiliania huxleyi. Limnology and Oceanography 49:1754-1762 (2004).

Ludmilla Aristilde, Ph.D., University of California-Berkeley, 2008.  The research in my group focuses on investigating mechanisms underlying the environmental chemistry and/or environmental toxicology of emerging organic contaminants (antibiotics, pesticides, hormones) and biomacromolecules (enzymes and genetic elements).

Antje Baeumner, Ph.D. (Technical Biochemistry), Universität Stuttgart, 1997. Research interests focus on biosensor and lab-on-a-chip development for the detection of pathogens and toxins. A.J. Baeumner, J. Pretz, S. Fang “A Universal Nucleic Acid Sequence Biosensor with Nanomolar Detection Limits”, Analytical Chemistry, vol. 76 (4), pp. 888 – 894 (2004).

Anthony G. Hay, Ph.D.(Soil Microbiology), California/Riverside, 1997. Work in my lab focuses on the ability of microorganisms to degrade xenobiotics. Interests include the molecular biology, biochemistry, and ecology of pollutant degradation. Junker, L.M. and A.G. Hay. Effects of Triclosan Incorporation into ABS Plastics on Biofilm Communities. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy. 53:989-996,. (2004).

Alan Hedge, Ph.D. (Psychology), University of Sheffield, U.K., 1979. Research and teaching activities focus on issues of work environment design and workplace ergonomics, especially as these affect the health, comfort and productivity of workers. Kline, A.A., Landers, A.J., Hedge, A., Lemley, A.T., Obendorf, S.K. and Dokuchayeva, “T.Surface chemical exposure levels within enclosed sprayer cabs using carbon bed air filtration systems”. American Society of Agricultural Engineering Journal, 19 (4) 397-403, (2003)

Ann T. Lemley, Ph.D.(Chemistry), Cornell, 1971. Advanced oxidation treatment of pesticide wastes, degradation of chemicals in soil/groundwater. Wang, Q. Scherer, E.and Lemley, A.T. Metribuzin “Degradation by Membrane Anodic Fenton Treatment and Its Interaction with Ferric Ion”. Env. Sci and Toxicol. 38:1221-1227, (2004).

Leonard W. Lion, Ph.D.,Stanford, 1980. Aquatic biogeohemistry, interfacial reactions of pollutant chemicals. Contaminant fate and transport in natural systems. Tungittiplakorn W., Cohen C., and Lion L.W., “Engineered polymeric nanoparticles for bioremediation of hydrophobic contaminants”. Environ. Sci. and Technol. 39:1354-1358, (2005).

Eugene L. Madsen, Ph.D.(Microbiology), Cornell, 1985. Biodegradation of environmental pollutants; biogeochemistry of field sites; molecular approaches to characterizing naturally occurring microbial communities; microbial ecology. Park, W. and E. L. Madsen. “Characterization of nah in Pseudomonas putida Cg1 and its role in bacterial survival in soil”. Appl. Microbiol. Biotechnol. 66:209-216, (2004).

Murray McBride, Ph.D. (Soil Chemistry), Michigan State University, 1974. Trace metal behavior in long-contaminated soils , metal speciation, and bioavailability of toxic metals to important field crops. Qureshi, S., B.K. Richards, A.G. Hay, C.C. Tsai, M.B. McBride, P. Baveye, and T.S. Steenhuis. “Effect of microbial activity on trace element release from sewage sludge”. Environmental Science and Technology, 37:3361-3366, (2003).

Ruth E. Richardson, Ph.D. (Civil & Environmental Engineering), 2001 University of California at Berkeley. Research interests: bioremediation; molecular bioindicators; microbial ecology; contaminant fate and transport. Recent pubs: Morris, RM, Sowell, S, Barofsky, S, Zinder, SH, and Richardson, RE. (2006). Transcription and mass-spectroscopic proteomic studies of electron transport oxidoreductases in Dehalococcoides ethenogenes. Environmental Microbiology 8 (9), 1499?1509 Rahm, BG, Morris, RM, and Richardson, RE. (2006). Temporal Expression of Respiratory Genes in an Enrichment Culture Containing Dehalococcoides ethenogenes. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 72(8): 5486?5491

Eloy Rodriguez, PH.D. (Natural Products Chemistry and Chemical Biology), University of Texas, Austin, 1975. Natural Products Chemistry, Ecology, Chemical Toxicology and Biology of Natural venoms (polypeptides) and natural small molecules from plants and arthropods that inhibit cancer cells, are antidiabetic and kill bacteria. “Natural Aldehydes from the Fruit of Viburnum Opulus That Inhibit Helicobacter pylori and Gastric Cancer Cells. Maria Laux and E. Rodriguez. 2006. J. of Phytochemistry (in submission).

David Weinstein, Ph.D., U of Tennessee/Oakridge National Laboratory.  Weinstein, D.A., J. A. Laurence, W. A. Retzlaff, J. S. Kern, E. H. Lee, W. E. Hogsett, and J. Weber. “Predicting the effects of tropospheric ozone on regional productivity of ponderosa pine and white fir”. Forest Ecology and Management, 205:73-89, (2005).

David B. Wilson, Ph.D.,Stanford, 1966. Protein Engineering, Prokaryotic Gene Regulation, Genomics of Cellulolytic Bacteria and Mechanism of action of cellulases and other plant cell wall degrading enzymes. Zhou, W., Irwin, D.C., Escovar-Kousen, J. and Wilson, D.B. “Kinetic studies of Thermobifida fusca Cel9A active site mutant enzymes”. Biochem. 43, 9655-9663 (2004).