Carley A. Gwin

Assistant Teaching Professor at Penn State New Kensington

Carley’s research focuses primarily on the effects of silver nanoparticles on wastewater microbial communities, with a particular interest in silver resistance genes. She is also involved in a variety of other experiments and projects fostered by the Center for the Environmental Implications of NanoTechnology (CEINT) headquartered at Duke University. Her primary role in these projects is to examine microbial communities and their function in aquatic environments using molecular techniques such as DNA sequencing, t-RFLP, and gene expression via qPCR and RT-qPCR to identify the impacts of emerging contaminants on both natural and engineered systems.

Contact Information

  • Office Location: 136 Hudson Hall
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  • Ph.D. Civil and Environmental Engineering - Duke University
  • M.S. Biology - SUNY Fredonia
  • B.S. Biology - Pennsylvania State University

Research Interests

  • Microbial Ecology
  • Emerging contaminants and microbial adaptation
  • Bacterial resistance and functional redundancy