|Professor and Chair
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
166 Rosenau Hall
|1978||University at Buffalo||BS, Civil Engineering|
|1980||University of California – Davis||MS, Civil Engineering|
|1988||University of Notre Dame||PhD, Civil Engineering|
My research focuses on the application of microbial processes to the biodegradation of organic pollutants (particularly polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and to waste treatment problems. This work has increasingly involved current methods in molecular microbial ecology, including DNA-based stable-isotope probing, high-throughput pyrosequencing, and metagnomic sequencing. I am also interested in evaluating the extent to which bioavailability governs the rate and extent of degradation of hydrophobic chemicals in contaminated systems, as well as the effects of bioremediation strategies on the genotoxicity of contaminated soil. Please see my web site (www.unc.edu/~aitken) for information on specific projects and recent publications from my research group.