Derek Lovley

Research Professor

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400 Morrill Science Center IVN


Microbiology, Michigan State University, 1982

Mailing address: 

Derek R. Lovley, Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology
418 Morrill Science Center IVN
University of Massachusetts
639 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9298

Research Interests

Dr. Lovley's research is focused on the physiology and ecology of novel anaerobic microorganisms. Current topics of investigation include: in situ groundwater bioremediation; microbial fuel cells; directed and natural evolution of anaerobic respiration; anaerobic biofilms; and extracellular electron transfer mechanisms. These studies are being approached at the genome scale and involve genetic, biochemical, ecological, and in silico modeling approaches. Research ranges from basic physiological studies to collaborations with industry to optimize the function of microbial fuel cells.

A complete listing of areas of current research can be found on the Lovley Lab Group Home Page.

Selected Publications

Research interests - short: 

Systems Biology Approach to Optimization of Bioremediation and Microbial Fuel Cells and Physiology and Ecology of Anaerobes