Office: 314 Cobleigh Building
Specialty: Environmental biotechnology and bioremediation

Robin Gerlach is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering in the College of Engineering at Montana State University-Bozeman (MSU).

He is affiliated with the Center for Biofilm Engineering, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center, the Thermal Biology Institute, a multidisciplinary team of scientists studying the unique thermal environment within Yellowstone National Park, as well as the Molecular BioSciences Program at MSU.

Dr. Gerlach is also the director of the Environmental and Biofilm Mass Spectrometry Facility in the College of Engineering.

Selected publications:

Phillips, A.J., Cunningham, A.B., Gerlach, R., Hiebert, R., Hwang, C., Lomans, B.P., Westrich, J., Mantilla, C., Kirksey, J., Esposito, R., Spangler, L. (2016): Fracture Sealing with Microbially-Induced Calcium Carbonate Precipitation: A Field Study. Environmental Science and Technology. 50(7):4111–4117. DOI: 10.1021/acs.est.5b05559

Kern, J., Hise, A.M., Characklis, G.W., Gerlach R., Viamajala, S., Gardner, R.D. (2016): Using Life Cycle Assessment and Techno-Economic Analysis in a Real Options Framework to Inform the Design of Algal Biofuel Production Facilities. Bioresource Technology. 225: 418-428. DOI: j.biortech.2016.11.116

Bernstein, H.C.; Kesaano, M.; Moll, K.; Smith, T.; Gerlach, R.; Carlson, R.P.; Miller, C.D.; Peyton, B.M.; Cooksey, K.E.; Gardner, R.D.; Sims, R.C. (2014): Direct measurement and characterization of active photosynthesis zones inside wastewater remediating and biofuel producing microalgal biofilms. Bioresource Technology. 156:206–215. DOI:10.1016/j.biortech.2014.01.001

Brileya, K., Connolly, J.; Downey, C.; Gerlach, R.; Fields, M.W. (2013): Taxis Toward Hydrogen Gas by Methanococcus maripaludis. Nature Scientific Reports. 3:3140. DOI: 10.1038/srep03140

Connolly, J.; Kaufman, M.; Rothman, A.; Gupta, R.; Redden, G.; Schuster, M.; Colwell, F.; Gerlach, R. (2013): Construction of two ureolytic model organisms for the study of microbially induced calcium carbonate precipitation. Journal of Microbiological Methods. 94(3):290-299.

Taffs, R.; Aston, J.E.; Brileya, K.; Jay, Z.; Klatt, C.G.; McGlynn, S.; Mallette, N.; Montross, S.; Gerlach, R.; Inskeep, W.P.; Ward; D.M.; Carlson, R.P. (2009). In silico approaches to study mass and energy flows in microbial consortia: a syntrophic case study. BMC Systems Biology. 3:114.

Seymour, J.D.; Gage, J.P.; Codd, S.L.; Gerlach, R. (2007): Magnetic Resonance Microscopy of Biofouling Induced Scale Dependent Transport in Porous Media. Advances in Water Resources. 30(6-7):1408-1420. doi:10.1016/j.advwatres.2006.05.029

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