The Coates Lab focuses on environmental microbiology: applied microbiology and bioremediation. They investigate removal of radioactive toxic metals, carcinogenic petroleum-based hydrocarbon contaminants, and toxic munitions byproducts from the environment. Recently, they identified dominant groups of bacteria that can transform perchlorate wastes into innocuous chloride, isolated and characterized more than 40 such bacteria, and identified the common biochemical pathway and genetic systems involved.
Research Expertise and Interest
environmental microbiology, Bioremediation, alternative energy production, biogeochemistry