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Jayde Aufrecht

Dr. Jayde Aufrecht is a biologist working with the Terrestrial-Atmosphere Processes team. Aufrecht joined EMSL in 2019 as a Linus Pauling Distinguished Postdoctoral Fellow. She has interdisciplinary research interests that bridge the fields of nanotechnology and ecology.

At EMSL, Aufrecht creates synthetic ecological habitats using a combination of microfabrication and 3D-printing, that allow her to image and probe the dynamics between hosts and their associated microbiomes. She is interested in discovering how environmental perturbations can influence the functional phenotype and spatial organization of microbial communities.

Aufrecht holds a PhD in Energy Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee. She conducted her graduate research at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, where her doctoral thesis helped advance microfluidics technology for studying underground ecological processes.

Research Interests

  • Nanobiology
  • Microfluidics
  • Bio-mimicry
  • Plant-Microbe Interactions
  • 3D bioprinting


  • PhD in Energy Science and Engineering, University of Tennessee
  • MS in Environmental Engineering, University of Tennessee
  • BE in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Vanderbilt University

Awards and Recognition

  • Laboratory Mission Award, Postgraduate Research Symposium, PNNL (2020)
  • Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Professional Promise, University of Tennessee (2019)

Affiliations and Professional Service

  • American Society for Microbiology



Jin, W., J. Aufrecht, F. Patino-Ramirez, H. Cabral, C. Arson, and S. T. Retterer. 2020. “Modeling Root System Growth around Obstacles.” Scientific Reports 10 (1).


Millet, L. J., J. Aufrecht, J. Labbé, J. Uehling, R. Vilgalys, M. L. Estes, C. Miquel Guennoc, A. Deveau, S. Olsson, G. Bonito, M. J. Doktycz, and S. T. Retterer. 2019. “Increasing Access to Microfluidics for Studying Fungi and Other Branched Biological Structures.” Fungal Biology and Biotechnology 6 (1).

Patabadige, D. E. W., L. J. Millet, J. A. Aufrecht, P. G. Shankles, R. F. Standaert, S. T. Retterer, and M. J. Doktycz. 2019. “Label-Free Time- and Space-Resolved Exometabolite Sampling of Growing Plant Roots through Nanoporous Interfaces.” Scientific Reports 9 (1).

Shankles, P. G., L. J. Millet, J. A. Aufrecht, and S. T. Retterer. 2019. “Accessing Microfluidics through Feature-Based Design Software for 3d Printing.” PLoS ONE 13 (3).

Uehling, J. K., M. R. Entler, H. R. Meredith, L. J. Millet, C. M. Timm, J. A. Aufrecht, G. M. Bonito, N. L. Engle, J. L. Labbé, M. J. Doktycz, S. T. Retterer, J. W. Spatafora, J. E. Stajich, T. J. Tschaplinski, and R. J. Vilgalys. 2019. “Microfluidics and Metabolomics Reveal Symbiotic Bacterial–Fungal Interactions between Mortierella elongata and Burkholderia Include Metabolite Exchange.” Frontiers in Microbiology 10.

Wilpiszeski, R. L., J. A. Aufrecht, S. T. Retterer, M. B. Sullivan, D. E. Graham, E. M. Pierce, O. D. Zablocki, A. V. Palumbo, and D. A. Elias. 2019. “Soil Aggregate Microbial Communities: Towards Understanding Microbiome Interactions at Biologically Relevant Scales.” Applied and Environmental Microbiology 85 (14).


Aufrecht, J. A., J. D. Fowlkes, A. N. Bible, J. Morrell-Falvey, M. J. Doktycz, and S. T. Retterer. 2018. “Pore-Scale Hydrodynamics Influence the Spatial Evolution of Bacterial Biofilms in a Microfluidic Porous Network.” PLoS ONE 14 (6).

Aufrecht, J. A., C. M. Timm, A. Bible, J. L. Morrell-Falvey, D. A. Pelletier, M. J. Doktycz, and S. T. Retterer. 2018. “Quantifying the Spatiotemporal Dynamics of Plant Root Colonization by Beneficial Bacteria in a Microfluidic Habitat.” Advanced Biosystems 2 (6).


Aufrecht, J. A., J. M. Ryan, S. Hasim, D. P. Allison, A. Nebenführ, M. J. Doktycz, and S. T. Retterer. 2017. “Imaging the Root Hair Morphology of Arabidopsis Seedlings in a Two-Layer Microfluidic Platform.” Journal of Visualized Experiments 2017 (126).


Timm, C. M., D. A. Pelletier, S. S. Jawdy, L. E. Gunter, J. A. Henning, N. Engle, J. Aufrecht, E. Gee, I. Nookaew, Z. Yang, T. Y. Lu, T. J. Tschaplinski, M. J. Doktycz, G. A. Tuskan, and D. J. Weston. 2016. “Two Poplar-Associated Bacterial Isolates Induce Additive Favorable Responses in a Constructed Plant-Microbiome System.” Frontiers in Plant Science 7 (APR2016).


Webb, J. A., J. Aufrecht, C. Hungerford, and R. Bardhan. 2014. “Ultrasensitive Analyte Detection with Plasmonic Paper Dipsticks and Swabs Integrated with Branched Nanoantennas.” Journal of Materials Chemistry C 2 (48): 10446-10454.

Webb, J. A., W. R. Erwin, H. F. Zarick, J. Aufrecht, H. W. Manning, M. J. Lang, C. L. Pint, and R. Bardhan. 2014. “Geometry-Dependent Plasmonic Tunability and Photothermal Characteristics of Multibranched Gold Nanoantennas.” Journal of Physical Chemistry C 118 (7): 3696-3707.

Zarick, H. F., W. R. Erwin, J. Aufrecht, A. Coppola, B. R. Rogers, C. L. Pint, and R. Bardhan. 2014. “Morphological Modulation of Bimetallic Nanostructures for Accelerated Catalysis.” Journal of Materials Chemistry A 2 (19): 7088-7098.