USC Dornsife Microbial Greenhouse Gas Consumption Research Center founded
In collaboration with Dornsife PI's Cameron Thrash and Jan Amend, Dr. Smith will be leading research at USC's new Microbial Greenhouse Gas Consumption Research Center. As the article explains, "scientists at this new center will identify and grow new microbes capable of converting greenhouse gases into innocuous waste products". Click here to learn more about this newly funded project.
Part of a winning team!
PhD students Raven, Harmita, and Michael participated in a collaborative workshop hosted by the inaugural Astani Research Symposium this month. Working with a team of students from various environmental and civil engineering specializations, they collaborated in proposing an interdisciplinary solution to engineering issues in the LA area. Eight different teams presented their proposals to a panel of judges, and Raven, Harmita and Michael's team tied for first place. Congratulations!
Congratulations to Phil for a successful defense of his dissertation Wastewater-based epidemiology for emerging biological concerns!
A big welcome to Michael Saldana and Christelle Sawaya who have joined the lab as Ph.D. students this semester!
The SHINE program ends with successful poster presentations by high school students Ana Baena, Gizel Lee Morales, Terrence Matthews II, and Kevin Zaldana who joined the lab this summer!
A big congratulations to Dr. Smith for the success of the 17th World Congress on Anaerobic Digestion
The conference was co-chaired by Lutgarde Raskin (University of Michigan) and Adam L. Smith (University of Southern California), with both labs heavily involved. Ph.D. students Phillip Wang, Bianca Costa, Connor Sauceda, and Harmita Golwala had the privilege of presenting their research while in attendance. For more information, please visit the conference website.
Congratulations, Raven, on receiving USC Viterbi's Jenny Wang Excellence in Teaching Award!
Congratulations to Raven on receiving the Sonny Astani Outstanding TA award!
Welcome Harmita Golwala, our new Ph.D. student!
The SHINE program ends with successful poster presentations by high school students Roberto Camacho, Miriam Garcia, and Chiara Nandapurkar who joined the lab this summer!
Learn about the wastewater surveillance research of SARS-COV-2 and how it helps to the USC campus with case management.
Harmita Golwala, our Master's student research assistant, is featured on Viterbi News. Learn more about her experience at USC and the impact microplastics research had in her career.
Congratulations Connor for being awarded the NSF GRFP!
Tackling the fight against antibiotic resistance from different angles
Dr. Smith gets featured in a USC experts article that tackles the fight against antibiotic resistance from different angles. Read more on the insight provided by Dr. Smith on ARGs in Wastewater here.
Research shows sewers could be key to identifying, stopping COVID-19 outbreaks. Exciting updates on the research performed by our lab team on wastewater surveillance gets featured on the news, for more information follow the link here.
Ali's on a roll!
Congratulations to Ali for being the chosen recipient of the USC Viterbi Best Research Assistant Award and for his newest publication: a review paper on the role of intracellular vs extracellular antibiotic resistance genes in the environment
Ali's paper "Membrane Fouling Inversely Impacts Intracellular and Extracellular Antibiotic Resistance Gene Abundances in the Effluent of an Anaerobic Membrane Bioreactor" has been published in Environmental Science and Technology.
Big welcome to Connor Sauceda and Raven Althouse who joined our group as Ph.D. students this month!
Could sewers be key to detecting COVID-19 outbreaks?
The wastewater based epidemiology study gets featured in NBC Los Angeles News. To see the full report follow the link here.
The wastewater based epidemiology research gets featured in KCRW radio.
To listen to the interview to Dr. Smith on the ongoing advancements and opportunities click here.
The SHINE program ends with successful poster and online presentation by Nico Luo and Joseph Chen, the High school students that joined the lab remotely this summer.
May arrives with exciting news: Chen got a position in University of Iowa for a PhD and Qin Dong receives MS research award!
The wastewater based epidemiology study is awarded by the RAPID NSF fund to collaborate with other universities in Texas, North Carolina and Washington DC.
Congratulations to Syeed for securing a position at North Dakota State University as an incoming Assistant Professor!
Yamrot is a finalist in the 2020 PhD Best Dissertation Virtual Symposium.
Dr. Smith is awarded tenure and a promotion to Associate Professor!
Congratulations to Bianca for winning the NSF GRFP 2020 Fellowship and receiving an Honorable Mention in the FORD Foundation 2020 fellowship!
Our high school student researcher, Sarah was our SHINE student this past summer. More information about the program can be found here.
USC Provost's New Directions for Research and Scholarship Award recently funded for the project "Isolating Microbial Dark Matter to Breathe Greenhouse Gases."
Big welcome to Bianca Costa who joined our group as a Ph.D. student and to Syeed Md Iskander as a Post Doctoral Research Scholar this month!
Siming’s 2018 paper "Methane-driven microbial fuel cells recover energy and mitigate dissolved methane emissions from anaerobic effluents" was one of the best papers for 2018 in ESWRT.
Undergraduates in the environmental engineering microbiology course taught by Dr.Smith use the brand-new lab space to study their own microbiomes.
NSF proposal to study the effect of material properties and scaling on wetting of membranes used in membrane distillation awarded with Dr. Amy Childress.
Just announced: Dr. Smith is co-charing the upcoming Anaerobic Digestion AD17 conference with Dr. Lutgarde Raskin!
Dr. Smith was recently featured on the Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology Blog as part of their Emerging Investigator Series. Checkout his Q&A here.
Congrats to Siming and Moustapha for publishing their latest research! Their paper, "Emerging investigators series: revisiting greenhouse gas mitigation from conventional activated sludge and anaerobic-based wastewater treatment systems ," was published in Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology and can be found here.
Checkout Tranice's article in Viterbi News discussing her recent NSF Fellowship and research! Find the article here.
Congrats to Stephanie for publishing her first paper while at USC!
Her paper, "Optimizing electrospinning parameters for piezoelectric PVDF nanofiber membranes," was published in Journal of Membrane Science and can be found here.
Congrats to Stephanie Gee and Tranice' Warner for receiving NSF Graduate Research Fellowships this year!
Viterbi had four fellowship recipients this year and we are ecstatic that two came from our research group!