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Basic and applied microbial sciences

What we do:

We have broad interests in applied and environmental microbiology, with research projects spanning human, terrestrial, and anthropogenic environments. Our research is highly interdisciplinary and aims at harnessing microbial components, microorganisms and microbiomes as technologies that prevent human exposure to contaminants, pollutants and pathogens.

Check our publications page for updates and PDFs.

Lab News:

Sep 21, 2021 – Our work on uranium-soaking lipopolysaccharides and membrane vesicles was aired in Russian in Current Time TV. See the segment (our story is at 10:56).

Sep 6, 2021 – Gemma has received the Alice C. Evans Award for Advancement of Women from the American Society for Microbiology! Let’s keep working towards gender equality!!

Aug 18, 2021 – Morgen has been featured in an MSU Today Student View article!!! She talks about how she managed to start her graduate work in the Reguera lab in the middle of a pandemic. (Spoiler alert: She is a pro!)

Aug 11, 2021 – Morgen’s paper on uranium-soaking lipopolysaccharide and membrane vesicles is in the news!

Aug 4, 2021 – Our latest paper is out on the AEM Accept page. We describe the lipopolysaccharide that coats electric microbes and its role in soaking up uranium. Led by Morgen, with seminal contributions from alumni Mike Paxhia, Jenna Young and Mike Manzella!

May 24, 2021 – We wrapped up a full academic year of hybrid work. We rock!

May 11, 2021 – Wow! We have been working through 14 months of pandemic. Have you seen our latest publications?

April 1, 2021 – Our College of Natural Science announced Gemma’s appointment as Editor in Chief of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Read more about it here.

February 3, 2021 – Gemma has been named the new Editor in Chief of Applied and Environmental Microbiology, our favorite journal of the American Society for Microbiology. Congratulations, Gemma! [Link to announcement]

Jan 1, 2021 – Our work on cobalt biomineralization is in the news! Read about it here (MSU Today) and here (NSF podcast The Discovery Files).

Nov 26, 2020 – Hunter and Marcela published a paper describing a previously unknown biological route for the mineralization of cobalt!

July 2020 – We are back in the lab following COVID safety precautions. We missed you, bacteria!

March 11, 2020 – Reguera lab started working from home. Stay healthy and safe y’all!

March 1, 2020 – Marcela is back after completing BMS rotations. Welcome back, Marcela!

March 1, 2020 – Morgen officially joined the Reguera lab. Welcome to the team, Morgen!

February 29, 2020 – Reguera-Kashefi Lab party for Spring semester. Woohoo!

February 4, 2020 – Gemma has been awarded the 2020 Meritorious Faculty Award by the College of Natural Science. Congratulations, Gemma!  

January, 2020 – Morgen joined the Reguera lab for a 8-week research rotation.

December 9-13, 2109 – Hunter attended the AGU Fall Meeting and presented his work on cobalt biomineralization at one of the Centennial sessions. [Link]

July 23, 2019 – Kristin won the Carol D. Litchfield Outstanding Student Poster Presentation Award for Natural Product. So proud of you, Kristin! [Link]

July 22, 2019 – Gemma organized a special session entitled Women in Environmental Science at the SIMB 2019 meeting and gave a talk about “Environmental science goes electric”.

July 21, 2019 – Hunter was selected to give an oral presentation at the Science Slam during the SIMB 2019 meeting. Good luck, Hunter!

July 20, 2019 – The Reguera lab traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the SIMB 2019 meeting.

April 23, 2019 – Kristin and Mariam received departmental endowed awards. Congratulations!

March 5, 2019 – Gemma has been elected to Fellowship in the American Academy of Microbiology.

March, 2019 – Marcela has been admitted to our Biomolecular Science (BMS) interdepartmental graduate program. Congrats!