Syed A. Hashsham

Syed A.  Hashsham
  • Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Adjunct Professor, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
  • Center for Microbial Ecology
  • Engr Rsch Complex
  • 1449 Engineering Research Ct Room A126
  • East Lansing MI 48824
  • 517-355-8241


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.


Aligarh Muslim University, B.S., Civil Engineering, India 1984
Indian Institute of Technology, M.S., Environmental Science and Engineering, Bombay 1986
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Ph.D., Environmental Engineering and Science, 1996



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