Michael Aitken


srp- aitken ISEB 2013Professor and Chair
Environmental Sciences and Engineering

Michael Aitken’s website
Curriculum Vitae
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile

166 Rosenau Hall
135 Dauer Drive
Campus Box 7431
Chapel Hill 27599-7431
T: 919-966-1024
F: 919-966-7911

1978 University at Buffalo BS, Civil Engineering
1980 University of California – Davis MS, Civil Engineering
1988 University of Notre Dame PhD, Civil Engineering
Research activities

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.