|Professor and Chair
Environmental Sciences and Engineering
Michael Aitken's website
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile
|1978||University at Buffalo||BS, Civil Engineering|
|1980||University of California - Davis||MS, Civil Engineering|
|1988||University of Notre Dame||PhD, Civil Engineering|
My research focuses on the application of microbial processes to the biodegradation of organic pollutants (particularly polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) and to waste treatment problems. A current focus is on the use of a new molecular tool - stable-isotope probing - to identify microorganisms capable of degrading specific chemicals in complex systems. I am also interested in evaluating the extent to which bioavailability governs the rate and extent of degradation of hydrophobic chemicals in contaminated systems. Please see my web site (www.unc.edu/~aitken) for information on specific projects and recent publications from my research group.