Welcome to the Richardson Lab in Applied Microbiology
The Richardson group studies microbial communities of relevance to important environmental engineering problems from engineered bioreactors to natural surface waters to drinking water. Application areas include Harmful Algal Blooms, sustainable wastewater treatment, bioremediation, bioenergy, nutrient and greenhouse gas cycling, low-energy-footprint drinking water treatment (AguaClara Cornell technologies) and pathogen detection. The Richardson lab toolkit includes various techniques in qPCR, genomics (DNA), transcriptomics (RNA) and proteomics as well as modeling of community kinetics and gene networks. Common goals in lab projects involve development of diagnostic biomarker detection assays and their use to monitoring microbial activities in complex environments. Additionally the lab has been exploring bioreactor designs for sustainable wastewater treatment. Since 2018 the Richardson lab has been involved in two engaged research projects: Harmful Algal Blooms (working with local citizen science groups) and advising an M.Eng project with nonprofit partners in western Puerto Rico to develop tools for monitoring and sharing results of local surface water quality for use during emergency and everyday water needs.
The lab is interested in new graduate and undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds. Graduate students can join the lab via two Graduate Fields: the Field of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Field of Microbiology.