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Kozubal MA, Dlakic M, Macur RE, Inskeep WP, "Terminal oxidase diversity and function in Metallosphaera yellowstonensis: Gene expression and protein modeling suggest mechanisms of Fe(II) oxidation in the sulfolobales" Appl Environ Microbiol, 2011;77(5):1844–1853.  Abstract 2011-005

Phillips, Adrienne

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Office: 
215 Cobleigh
Specialty: 
Environmental Engineering
E-mail: 
adrienne.phillips@ce.montana.edu
Title(s): 

Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering

 

Current Research
-Biofilms in energy
-Bioremediation—related technologies

Varied physiological responses of the facultative γ-proteobacterium, Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, and the δ-proteobacterium Desulfovibrio vulgaris hildenborough to oxygen

Thesis Abstract:

Evolution of molecular oxygen and accumulation in Earth’s atmosphere is considered to be the one of the most significant changes on Earth that impacted the evolution of life. Over the past 600 million years, there have been fluctuations in atmospheric oxygen concentrations that have driven the evolution of species in all three domains of life. Anaerobic microorganisms, some of the earliest life forms originated approximately 3.5- to 4 billion years ago when Earth’s atmosphere was strictly anaerobic.

Varied physiological responses of the facultative γ-proteobacterium, Shewanella oneidensis MR-1, and the δ-proteobacterium Desulfovibrio vulgaris hildenborough to oxygen, Thesis Defense by Anitha Sundararajan, PhD Candidate, Department of Microbiology, Montana State University, March 2011

Factors influencing the fate of chromium in soils: Microbial ecology, physiology and metal transformation studies

Thesis Abstract:

Chromium is a common contaminant in soil environments, especially at Department of Energy sites. The fate of chromium in the environment is influenced by a number of factors including the microbial processes and the interactions with soil constituents such as carbon sources, iron minerals and electron shuttling compounds.

Factors influencing the fate of chromium in soils: Microbial ecology, physiology and metal transformation studies, Thesis Defense by Erin Field, PhD Candidate, Department of Microbiology, Montana State University, April 2011

In situ microbial reduction of selenium in backfilled phosphate mine overburden, S.E. Idaho

Thesis Abstract:

Microbial reduction of Se is controlled by oxygen and lithology within mixed deposits of shale, chert, and mudstone mined from the Meade Peak member of the Phosphoria Formation in southeast Idaho.

In situ microbial reduction of selenium in backfilled phosphate mine overburden, S.E. Idaho, Thesis Defense by Lisa Bithell Kirk, PhD, Land Resources and Environmental Sciences, Montana State University, April 2011

Gerlach R, Field EK, Viamajala S, Peyton BM, Apel WA, Cunningham AB, "Influence of carbon sources and electron shuttles on ferric iron reduction by Cellulomonas sp. strain ES6" Biodegradation 2011;22(5):983-95  Abstract 2011-014
Taylor CR, Hook PB, Stein OR, Zabinski CA, "Seasonal effects of 19 plant species on COD removal in subsurface treatment wetland microcosms" Ecological Eng 2011;37(5):703–710  Abstract 2011-016
Aston J, Peyton BM, Lee BD, Apel WA, "Effects of cell condition, pH, and temperature on lead, zinc, and copper sorption to Acidithiobacillus caldus strain BC13" J Hazard Mater 2010; 184(1-3):34–41  Abstract 2010-046
Aston J, Peyton BM, Lee BD, Apel WA, "Effects of ferrous sulfate, inoculum history, and anionic form on lead, zinc, and copper toxicity to Acidithiobacillus caldus strain BC13" Environ Toxicol Chem, 2010; 29(12):2669–2675  Abstract 2010-047
Aston JE, Apel WA, Lee BD, Peyton BM, "Growth effects and assimilation of organic acids in chemostat and batch cultures of Acidithiobacillus caldus" World J Microbiol Biotechnol 2011;27(1):153–161  Abstract 2011-018
Cunningham AB, Gerlach R, Spangler L, Mitchell AC, Parks S, Phillips A, "Reducing the risk of well bore leakage using engineered biomineralization barriers" Energy Procedia 2011;4:5178–5185  Abstract 2011-019
VanEngelen MR, Szilagyi RK, Gerlach R, Lee BD, Apel WA, Peyton BM, "Uranium exerts acute toxicity by binding to pyrroloquinoline quinone cofactor" Environ Sci Technol 2011;45(3):937–942  Abstract 2011-021
Sivaswamy V, Boyanov MI, Peyton BM, Viamajala S, Gerlach R, Apel WA, Sani RK, Dohnalkova A, Kemner KM, Borch T, "Multiple mechanisms of uranium immobilization by Cellulomonas sp. strain ES6" Biotechnol Bioeng 2011;108(2):264–276  Abstract 2011-020

Analysis of methane producing communities within underground coal beds

Thesis Abstract:

The Powder River Basin in southeastern Montana and northeast Wyoming is the largest source of coal mined in the United States, but most of the coal contained in the basin is buried too deeply to be economically accessible. These remote coal beds are dynamic zones where biogeochemical processes work to sustain life. Previous work has shown that a direct byproduct of these life processes is biogenic methane, the principle component of natural gas that can be used as an energy source for electricity generation, heat and transportation fuel.

Analysis of methane producing communities within underground coal beds, Thesis Defense by Elliott Barnhart, M.S. candidate, microbiology, Montana State University, August 2011

Million dollar confocal microscope equipment

Phil Stewart, Principal Investigator and CBE Director, received funding from the NSF-MRI Program and the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for the purchase of new confocal microscope equipment in the fall of 2010. The National Science Foundation awarded $498,433 for the project: "MRI: Acquisition of a State of the Art Confocal Microscope at the Center for Biofilm Engineering." The NSF grant was awarded in conjunction with a complementary cost-sharing grant of $406,500 from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust.

CBE makes the cover of "Microscopy Today"

September 2, 2011
The CBE garnered the cover image and feature article in the September 2011 issue of Microscopy Today. The cover image, obtained with a confocal scanning laser microscope (CSLM) by Logan Schultz and Betsey Pitts of the CBE, shows four reconstructed digital image slices through clusters of Sporosarcina pasteurii bacteria growing around calcium carbonate precipitates inside a glass capillary.

CBE PhD student studies coal bed methane production to help hometown economy

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November 7, 2011Elliott Barnhart, CBE PhD student, microbiology, was recently featured by Montana State University for his ability to balance the roles of award-winning collegiate athlete, student, and civic-minded researcher.

CBE's new microscopes offer MSU researchers expanded imaging capabilities

November 8, 2011
Two Leica confocal microscope systems recently installed at the Center for Biofilm Engineering provide a vastly upgraded Research Core Facility available to the Montana State University (MSU) research community.

MSU’s Engineers Without Borders receives national award recognizing student efforts in Kenya

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November 15, 2011 Montana State University's student-led chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB at MSU) was named the winner of the prestigious C. Peter Magrath University Community Engagement Award by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities.

CBE PhD student studies coal bed methane production to help hometown economy

MSU News Web Feature, November 1, 2011

Elliott Barnhart
, CBE PhD student, microbiology, was recently featured by Montana State University for his ability to balance the roles of award-winning collegiate athlete, student, and civic-minded researcher.