Amy V. Callaghan, Ph.D.
The biochemistry and genetics of aerobic hydrocarbon biodegradation have been explored for more than seven decades. However, very little is known regarding the comparable activities and processes in anaerobic bacteria, which are difficult to isolate and characterize. Through the use of metabolite profiling and “omics”-based methods (i.e. genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics, and metagenomics), my research focuses on elucidating the novel biochemical reactions governing the anaerobic biodegradation of alkanes and exploring the microbial ecology of hydrocarbon-impacted environments.