Syed A. Hashsham
Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering and Adjunct Professor, Crop and Soil Sciences and the Center for Microbial Ecology.
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EAST LANSING MI 48824
Dr. Hashsham’s research interests lie at the intersection of three closely related areas: i) understanding how complex microbial communities work, ii) development of parallel detection tools, and iii) development/evaluation of processes relevant to environmental biotechnology. For complex communities (e.g., in bioreactors, gut, or environment), he studies the abiotic and biotic factors that makes a microbial system stable or unstable with respect to function and community structure. As part of projects funded by NIH, EPA, and MEDC to develop parallel detection tools, his team has developed a low cost hand-held gene analyzer capable of quantifying genetic markers within 30 minutes. Projects related to development of processes relevant to environmental biotechnology encompass a number of activities ranging from studies focusing on chlorinated solvents, methanogenesis, and microbial corrosion. He is a co-investigator in the NIEHS Superfund Basic Research Center, EPA-DHS Center for Advancing Microbial risk Assessment, and NIH’s Enterics Research Investigational Network.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Ph.D., Environmental Engineering
Selected Professional Activities:
Dr. Hashsham was Withrow Distinguished (Junior) Scholar Award (2009), Edwin Willits Associate Professor (2005-2009), AEESP Internet resource Committee Chair (2008), and Lilly Teaching Fellow (2004), among others. He is a member of Tau Beta Pi, American Society for Microbiology and Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.
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- Prianca Bhaduri, Predoctoral, Environmental Engineering