Algal Biotechnologies for Energy and Resource Recovery from Waste Streams 

Our research group is working on

(1) developing algal biotechnologies toalgae_diagram
treat landfill leachate and centrate from municipal wastewater
treatment plants, and

(2) characterizing and identifying the algal
processes, at microscopic, molecular, and biochemical levels, using an
array of high-throughput culture-independent and culture-dependent
methodologies. More…

Microbial Systems Involved in TNT Biodegradation


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TNT structure
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Our research focus is taking a meta-omics approach to understand biodegradation of TNT by microbial communities in the field. We are applying next generation sequencing platforms, such as Illumina HiSeq 2500, to perform 16s microbial and ITS fungal community analyses, whole shotgun metagenomics sequencing, and RNA-seq analyses. More…





Novel photochemical and biological processes for decontamination of flowback water

In this collaborative study, we are investigating the efficacy of novel photochemical and biological methods, alone and in combination, to degrade organic contaminants identified in the flowback water from fracking.  Our research group, working in collaboration with Rohan Tikekar of Drexel’s Food Science program, seeks to achieve the following objectives:

1)  Investigate degradation of organic contaminants in flowback water using a novel photochemical process.

2)  Determine the ability of halophilic microorganisms to biodegrade organic contaminants in flowback water

3)  Development of a sequential photochemical-biological process for degradation of organic contaminants in flowback water