National Research Program | Reston Microbiology Lab


  • FeRB isolated using a roll bottle technique from the former Uranium Mine near Ronneburg, Germany.

    Iron Reducing Bacteria
    FeRB isolated using a roll bottle technique from the former Uranium Mine near Ronneburg, Germany

  • Low grade shale at the former Ronneburg mine which were mined for Uranium.

    Uranium Rocks
    Low grade shale at the former Ronneburg mine which were mined for Uranium

  • The genesis and growth of cave formations like these stalactites may be influenced by microbes.

    The Herrenberg Cave
    The genesis and growth of cave formations like these stalactites may be influenced by microbes

  • A soil core from the uranium contminated former S3 ponds site at the Oak Ridge National Lab.

    Oak Ridge Field Research Center
    A soil core from the uranium contminated former S3 ponds site at the Oak Ridge National Lab

This is my research website where I am posting the details of my research, publications, and collaborations. I am a Research Microbiologist at the National Research Program of the US Geological Survey in Reston VA. My research program investigates 1) the impact of microorganisms on organic and inorganic contaminants, 2) microbial affects on energy production, such as microbial enhanced coal bed methane production or mitigating contaminants due to unconventional oil and gas production; and 3) the unseen biodiversity in natural systems and how this biodiversity impacts biogeochemical cycles.


USGS Scientist Denise Akob

Contact Info

Dr. Denise M. Akob
U.S. Geological Survey
National Research Program
12201 Sunrise Valley Dr.
Mail Stop 430
Reston, VA 20192


Phone: 703-648-5819
dakob@usgs.gov