Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory

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User Projects

The following is a list of projects that have been active over the past three years.
For a comprehensive list of projects, see All Projects. You can also search for released data.
Lead Institution: University of Montana
Principal Investigator: Andrij Holian
The category of engineered nano-materials (ENM) encompasses a wide variety of materials used in everyday products, as well as, biomedical applications. Consequently, because of the prevalence of ENM, there is an increased concern for human exposure...
Lead Institution: TriboTEX
Principal Investigator: Pavlo Rudenko
Combating COVID-19 at the global scale will require a fast deployment of an effective and safe vaccine. DNA vaccines were discovered 30+ years ago and have proved they can elicit an immune response when plasmid DNA encoding antigen is injected into...
Lead Institution: Stanford Linear Accelerator Center
Principal Investigator: Ritimukta Sarangi
The focus of this project is to investigate the redox state of Fe in bioreduced clay minerals to understand the role of lignin in the Fe reduction process. Nontronite was used as an environmentally relevant model of iron-bearing clay with a high Fe...
Lead Institution: Montana State University
Principal Investigator: Robin Gerlach
Microbially induced mineralization is a broad field of research that investigates the precipitation of minerals induced by the presence or activity of microorganisms. Specifically, Microbially Induced Calcium carbonate Precipitation (MICP) has been...
Lead Institution: Montana State University
Principal Investigator: Robin Gerlach
Developing algal-based biofuels and bioproducts is one of the goals of the Department of Energy-Bioenergy Technology Office (DOE-BETO). The work proposed here focuses on an algal strain, tentatively identified as Chlorella sorokiniana and obtained...
Lead Institution: University of British Columbia
Principal Investigator: Steven Hallam
Plant and microbial biomass offers a renewable alternative to energy and materials produced from oil. The industrial scale production or biorefining of sugars and aromatic compounds from biomass needs more effective and efficient biocatalysts. For...
Lead Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Principal Investigator: Sabeeha Merchant
Photosynthesis is the defining characteristic of plants enabling the capture and transformation of sunlight into bioenergy and has been the focus of plant research for centuries. Remarkably, whole-genome sequencing has revealed that 40% of the...
Lead Institution: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Jason McDermott
The goal of this project is to attain a systems level understanding of the soil microbiome and its phenotypic response to changing moisture through a tractable, spatially explicit examination of the molecular and ecological interactions occurring...
Lead Institution: Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Principal Investigator: Oliver Gutierrez-Tinoco
The PNNL’s Chemical Transformations Initiative (CTI) is developing carbon-neutral chemical conversion processes to effectively transform oxygenated renewable carbon sources as feedstock to energy-dense transportation fuels. The key scientific...
Lead Institution: Rice University
Principal Investigator: Janet Braam
Exosomes are powerful vehicles for local, distal and even transpecies cell-to-cell communication in diverse eukaryotes, but whether plant extracellular vesicles can act similarly to exosomes characterized in animals and are used for plant...