Center for Environmental

What We Do

The Center for Environmental Biotechnology (CEB) leads innovative multi- and transdisciplinary research efforts and strengthens UT’s research infrastructure by providing access to state-of-the-art instrumentation, laboratory space, and expertise that enables researchers to make breakthrough discoveries.

Our Services

The CEB partners with the Office of Research’s Core Facility Program to provide UT faculty, staff, and students access to state-of-the-art equipment and training. As a shared user facility, we also provide access to a large inventory of basic laboratory equipment and bench space. Whatever you may need to succeed in your research, CEB personnel are here to assist you.

Facilities & Equipment

As a user facility, CEB personnel are dedicated to providing service and training to the UT research community. From essential basic equipment to high-end sequencing and imaging, we stand ready to help you achieve your research milestones.


Frank Löffler Laboratory

The Löffler Lab studies relevant biogeochemical processes in soil, sediment, subsurface and water environments by combining cultivation-based techniques with genetic, biochemical, analytical, meta-omics, and computational methodologies. This integrated approach unifies research themes in the Löffler Lab, and all projects address fundamental research questions, some have an applied component, and several are of considerable public interest.

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Honey Bee Devastation

Honey bee colonies are significantly impacted by insect pests that introduce diseases and elevate colony stress. In this research effort, we are using biological, behavioral, and environmental observations to develop practical measures to understand how insects influence over-wintering of honey bee colonies.

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Permafrost Microbiology

This project combines specialized omics approaches, metabolic activity and geochemical measurements/models to study natural microbes, cultured and uncultured, in pristine permafrost intact cores, to ultimately develop predictive models for greenhouse gas emissions.

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Neurobiology Tissue Chips

Magnocellular neurons (neuroendocrine cells located in the hypothalamus) are some of largest cells in the brain and are responsible for synthesizing the hormones oxytocin and vasopressin. These cells are notoriously difficult to culture, which makes their study difficult. This research effort is attempting to develop a tissue chip matrix for the growth of these cells and their study in drug discovery and disease management.

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Student Opportunities

The CEB hosts numerous undergraduate student interns during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. The Office of Undergraduate Research website provides the information you need to successfully pursue these rewarding opportunities. Contact CEB personnel associated with ongoing research projects to see if they have room to integrate you in a unique and challenging research effort.