Ongoing Projects

The overarching goal of our research is to harness the power of microbes to recover valuable bioenergy and biochemicals from biomass to achieve a sustainable circular carbon economy. We combine laboratory experimentation with computational analysis at the interface of environmental and chemical engineering, microbiome engineering, and modeling.
Bioengineered Systems for Resource Recovery
Biofilm-based bioreactors, specifically anaerobic dynamic membrane bioreactors, are attractive for biological wastewater treatment and fermentation due to their high volumetric production rate and low cost and energy requirements. We develop and optimize such anaerobic bioreactor systems to recover high-value products from organic waste streams and lignocellulosic biomass.
Microbiome Engineering
We employ top-down and bottom-up approaches to microbiome engineering to design robust and resilient microbial consortia capable of efficiently degrading biomass to high-value products. Using state-of-the-art molecular and computational biology tools, we focus on understanding the underlying microbial interactions in microbial consortia to inform process optimization and hence improve the overall performance of the bioengineered systems.