Lauren's current research focuses on how fungi can be used to degrade heavy polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in soils, expanding bioremediation to apply to soil scenarios. She's developed a method to assess contaminated soils for biostimulation potential by identifying fungi present in contaminated soils with Illumina Sequencing. She's also involved in outreach through Females Excelling More in Math, Engineering and Science (FEMMES) and leads PhD Plus, a professional development program that assists engineering PhD students in making effective career decisions.
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B.S. Environmental Engineering - Ohio State University
M.S. Environmental Engineering - Duke University
Ph.D. Environmental Engineering - Duke University
- Next Generation Sequencing
- Biological transformation of organic contaminants