The Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology (EMB) Laboratory is engaged in research and education in the applied microbiology area as it relates to biological processes of environmental engineering. Specific areas of interest include public health microbiology (microbial water quality and microbial source tracking) and biological processes for waste management (anaerobic processes and biofuel from waste).
Led by Dr. Metin Duran, professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, members of the EMB Laboratory work on a variety of research projects in the broad field of biological processes of environmental engineering. The principle goal is to optimize engineered processes for maximum microbial growth and metabolism and to understand and quantify behavior of microorganisms in natural and engineered environments.
Lab facilities include: