Welcome to the Richardson Lab of Applied Microbiology

The Richardson group studies microbial communities of relevance to important environmental engineering problems. Application areas include bioremediation, bioenergy, sustainable wastewater treatment, nutrient and greenhouse gas cycling, and pathogen detection. The Richardson Lab toolkit includes various techniques in 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.

More recently the lab has been exploring bioreactor designs for sustainable wastewater treatment alongside Cornell’s AguaClara Project Team. Additionally, the lab has been working on Harmful Algal Bloom detection research using inexpensive microscopy and image analysis instead of qPCR detection with the goal of making water quality testing accessible to more communities.

If you want to learn more about our Lab, feel free to explore the menu. If you have any questions about our work, don’t be afraid to email us at rer26@cornell.edu (Dr. Richardson’s email) or jsn74@cornell.edu (Joseph’s, one of our undergraduates and current webmaster).