National Research Program | Reston Microbiology Lab

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Dr. Denise M. Akob

Dr. Denise M. Akob

Research Microbiologist

Contact:

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

Education:

Ph.D. in Biogeochemical Oceanography, 2008
Department of Oceanography, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
Advisor: Dr. Joel E. Kostka

B.A. in Biology, 2002
St. Mary’s College of Maryland

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Research Interests:

I am a microbial ecologist whose research focuses on understanding how microorganisms impact their environment and biogeochemical cycles and in turn, how an environment impacts microorganisms. I investigate both contaminated and pristine environments. My focus is primarily on bioremediation and natural attenuation in lakes, soils, and terrestrial sediments; the microbial ecology of pristine aquifers caves, pitcher plants, and salt marshes; and the microbial contributions to energy production.

Adam Mumford

Adam Mumford

Mendenhall Postdoctoral Fellow

(Co-advised by Dr. Isabelle Cozzarelli, Reston Biogeochemical Processes in Groundwater Lab)

Contact:

Email: amumford@usgs.gov
Phone: 703-648-5893

Education:

Ph.D. in Environmental Science, 2013
Rutgers University, Department of Environmental Sciences, New Brunswick, NJ
Major Professor: Dr. Lily Young

B.S. in Microbiology, 2004
University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

Research Interests:

Dr. Adam Mumford is a geomicrobiologist who studies the interactions between microbial communities and minerals in the shallow subsurface. His current work focuses on how microbial communities respond to inputs of produced water from unconventional oil and gas development, and how these responses can mitigate or exacerbate the risk posed by produced waters to streams and shallow aquifers.

Yesha Shrestha

Yesha Shrestha

Microbiologist, Lab Manager

Contact:

Email: yshrestha@usgs.gov
Phone: 703-648-5487

Education:

M.S. in Molecular Biochemistry and Bioinformatics, 2014
George Washington University, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine
Research Advisor: Dr. Harasewych

B.S. in Biology, 2011
Christopher Newport University, Newport News, VA

Hannah Backman

Hannah Backman

Biological Science Technician (Intern)

Contact:

Email: hbackman@usgs.gov
Phone: 703-648-6850

Education:

B.S. in Environmental Science, 2016
University of Virginia

John Swiecichowski

John Swiecichowski

NAGT Intern

Contact:

Email: jswiecichowski@usgs.gov
Phone: 703-648-5813

Education:

B.S. in Earth Sciences, 2016
University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Tadd Alexander

Tadd Alexander

Biological Science Technician (Intern)

Contact:

Email: talexander@usgs.gov
Phone: 703-648-6850

Education:

Pursuing a B.S. in Environmental Science and a Minor in Green Engineering
Virginia Tech

Research Interests:

I am very interested in quantifying, tracing, and remediating pollutants into the environment. I aim to advocate environmental consciousness at all levels of the industrial process, especially production and waste disposal.