The Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology (EMB) Laboratory is engaged in research and education in the applied microbiology area as it relates to biological processes of environmental engineering.
Specific areas of interest include public health microbiology (microbial water quality and microbial source tracking) and biological processes for waste management (anaerobic processes and biofuel from waste).
The EMB, led by Dr. Metin Duran, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Department, was established in the fall of 2002 and since then it has been the home for one PhD, 12 master's students and 16 undergraduate students.
The members of the EMB strive for excellence in research and
they believe in the utmost importance of disseminating their
findings through publications in various venues.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
1. Taskin, B., Gozen, A.G., Duran, M. 2011. "Selective
quantification of viable Escherichia coli in biosolids by
quantitative PCR with propidium monoazide modification",
Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 77(13):4329-4335.
2. Park, C., Bega, A., Unlu, C., Chadderton, R.A., McKean,
W.R., Kohl, P.M., Hunt, J.A., Keaney, J., Willis, J.L. and
Duran, M. 2010. "Acetoclastic methanogens in an anaerobic
digester could be susceptible to trace metal supplementation",
Water Science and Technology, 62(12):2905-2911.
3. Duran, M, Yurtsever, D., Dunaev, T. 2009. "Choice of
indicator organism and library size considerations for
phenotypic microbial source tracking by FAME profiling", Water
Science and Technology, 60(10):2659-2668.
Members of the EMB Laboratory work on a variety of research
projects in the broad field of biological processes of environmental
engineering. The principle goal is to optimize engineered processes
for maximum microbial growth and metabolism and to understand
and quantify behavior of microorganisms in natural and engineered