This summer, we welcomed Hannah Tompkins a student at Whitworth University. She was a wonderful addition and we wish her all the best in her future work!
Hannah is currently completing a dual degree in Physics at Whitworth University and Chemical Engineering at Washington University in St. Louis. This summer she worked as an intern to quantify how bacteria isolated from concrete induce precipitation of calcium carbonate for the application of bio-repair of concrete. Her work included assessing the growth of such bacteria in conditions of low water availability to determine their viability for bio-repair in the harsh environment of concrete. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, shopping at Trader Joe’s, and convincing people to wear Hawaiian shirts on Fridays.
Congratulations to Priscilla and Anders who passed their candidacy exams in May and June. Priscilla is a PhD candidate in Bioinformatics & Systems Biology and Anders is a PhD candidate in Molecular Biology & Genetics.
Congratulations to Archana, who graduated with her M.S. in Biology!
Maresca lab members attended The 2019 University of Delaware Civil and Environmental Engineering External Advisory Council Meeting. Anders presented a poster, “Detection of Alkali-silica Reaction in Concrete with Microbial Bioindicators” and Emma presented a poster, “Physical and Biological Two-Step Degradation of Long-Chain Perfluoroalkyl Substances”.
Congratulations to Priscilla and Anders who have won University of Delaware Office of Graduate and Professional Education Professional Development Awards to attend the 2019 Applied and Environmental Microbiology Gordon Research Seminar and Conference in July.
Emma presented her poster, “Potential for Degradation of Long-Chain Perfluoroalkyl Substances” at the 2019 Human and Climate Series II: Future of Water in the Mid-Atlantic: Agriculture, Restoration and Technology Symposium at Stroud Water Research Center in Avondale, PA.
UD DENIN and Stroud Water Research Center in Avondale, Pennsylvania joined together for an all day symposium titled “Future of Water in the Mid-Atlantic: Agriculture, Restoration and Technology” on March 22, 2019.
An article was published in UDaily on our recent work in light-enhanced bacterial growth. Click below for the full article!
UD researcher Julia Maresca studies how bacteria in freshwater environments respond to light. Article by Julie Stewart | Photo by Evan Krape | Photo illustration by Joy Smoker
Maresca Lab attended the 2019 DENIN Environmental Symposium. Emma presented a poster, “Potential for Degradation of Long-Chain Perfluoroalkyl Substances” and Priscilla gave a talk, “Cryptic Light-Enhanced Growth in Heterotrophic Actinobacteria”.
The annual DENIN Graduate Student Symposium for 2019 took place in the ISE Lab on Thursday, March 7th and featured several brief talks and a judged poster session. – (Evan Krape / University of Delaware)
Pictured: Priscilla Hempel
Maresca lab attended the University of Delaware’s 2019 Microbial Systems Symposium. Congratulations to all, including Anders who won second place talk and Priscilla who won first place poster!
This paper was published in the Journal of Bacteriology with an accompanying commentary article! Congratulations to the authors!