Gemma Reguera (Michigan State Univ.)

Gemma Reguera (Michigan State Univ.)

Butler Seminar Series

Event Date/Location

October 24, 2018 -
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
Thomas Laboratory 003

Speaker

  • Picture of Dr. Gemma Reguera

    Gemma Reguera

    Associate Professor
    Michigan State University

Topic

Microbes, metals, and nanowires

The Reguera lab investigates energy conversion reactions catalyzed by microbes in natural and anthropogenic systems. Of particular significance is our seminal work investigating how microbes couple their metabolisms via electrical signals and the impact that these activities have in the mineralization of toxic metals and radionuclides. Our interests go beyond the basic research and seek to develop sustainable technologies that harness the electrical activities and conductive cellular components of these organisms in bioremediation and bioenergy applications. At the core of these projects are novel methodologies we have developed to investigate the physiology of electric microbes and their interactions with biotic and abiotic components of their ecosystem. The basic research provides the fundamental knowledge for applied projects that harness the power of electric microbes in biotechnology. The translational aspect of this research motivated Dr. Reguera to create BioElectrica Inc., a startup that harnesses microbial electrochemical activities to advance waste to energy technologies while providing a training platform for students and postdocs to bridge the great divide between academia and industry.

Audience

Free and open to the university community and the public.

Host

Tom Silhavy, Department of Molecular Biology