Laboratory of Microbial Physiology and Resource Biorecovery (MICROBE)

At MICROBE, we study the physiology of microbes to elucidate the fundamental principles of microbial processes. Our research aims to enhance the use of microbes for energy capture, environmental remediation, and improving human health.

Reactor and cupcake credit: Dr. Franziska M. Mueller

Currently ongoing projects including designing robust microbial CO2 reduction processes that can be coupled with renewable electricity to produce synthetic natural gas, biomass, or other value-added products. We are also interested in developing a mechanistic understanding of complex microbial community function to guide microbiome engineering for resource recovery.