Research in the Löffler Lab centers on discovering microorganisms with novel properties to clean the environment, counter damage done to ecosystems by human activity, and improve environmental health. We examine how naturally occurring bacteria can eliminate or reduce the risk from pollutants including chlorinated solvents, radioactive wastes and greenhouse gases. In addition, our team characterizes new kinds of bacteria in an effort to develop innovative technologies from environmental monitoring and protection to medical applications.
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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