An aerobic granule is fluorescently stained with protein, carbohydrate, and DNA stains to visualize the cellular and extracellular polymeric substances structure of the biofilm.
Metagenomic data analysis
The CMMCA provides data analysis services for analyzing metagenomic sequence data generated through Illumina Next-Gen sequencing of environmental samples. The CMMCA utilizes the Advanced Computing Facility at KU to analyze metagenomic sequence data in a short period of time.
Climate change and microbial cycling
Linking soil carbon and nitrogen transformations with climate change
Algal Biofuel Production
Mesocosms were operated at the Nelson Environmental Studies Area to operate as a continuous flow system, fed with municipal wastewater to cultivate algal biomass for biofuel studies.
Restoring Fungi in Degraded Sites
A mushroom breaks through the sandy soils of a disturbed scrub site in central FL. We are analyzing soil fungi, then using additions of native fungi to try to accelerate restoration.
Biological Wastewater Treatment
Bench-scale sequencing batch reactors were used to treat municipal wastewater at increasing sludge residence times. The experiment tested how increased SRT affects community diversity. Increasing diversity has been shown to increase the removal of some pharmaceuticals, such as estrogen (EE2).
Fate of Antibiotic Resistance Genes
Mesocosm experiments were performed at the Nelson Environmental Studies Area (NESA) to test the fate of antibiotic resistance genes from swine manure. Mesocosms were covered with varying degrees of shade cloth to control light penetration into the mescocosms.
The CMMCA is a multidisciplinary research team of investigators from 5 different units at KU. We are collaborating on a number of projects to characterize microbial community structure. Click below to learn more about our team.
Metagenomics projects generate large quantities of sequencing data, entailing sophisticated, and computationally-demanding analytical pipelines to be developed and implemented. Click below to learn more about the infrastructure and enabling technologies available at KU.
Our research spans a huge diversity of projects from nitrogen cycling, carbon storage, wastewater treatment, ecological restoration and petroleum production.