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Welcome to the Wells Research Group

The Wells Environmental Biotechnology and Microbial Ecology (WE BioME) Lab works at the interface of environmental biotechnology and microbial ecology, with an emphasis on the study of microbial diversity, dynamics, interactions, and function in engineered and impacted natural aquatic systems. Our primary research interests are microbial nitrogen cycling and short-circuit biological nutrient removal processes, microbial ecology of engineered and natural settings, sustainable biological wastewater treatment, microbial greenhouse gas production, and resource and energy recovery from waste. See more at our Research page.

News

July 2019

  • George co-chairs the WEF Nutrient Removal and Recovery Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota (https://www.wef.org/nutrients/) Thanks to all contributors for a terrific meeting!

June 2019

  • Congratulations to Dr. Morgan Petrovich on completing her Ph.D.!  Morgan’s thesis is entitled “Metagenomics-Guided Analysis of Antibiotic Resistance and Production Genes, Mobile Genetic Elements, and Viruses in Wastewater Treatment Bioreactors”.  Morgan will be joining Exponent in Oakland, CA this fall.  
  • George participates in the “Circular Water Economy” symposium at the University of Minnesota.

May 2019

  • George and Fab present work at the AEESP conference in Tempe, AZ

October 2017

  • Qiteng Feng defends his masters thesis on “Community structure and oxygen affinity of ammonia and nitrite oxidizing bacteria in mainstream nitrifying and nitritation-anammox bioreactors.”  Congratulations, Qiteng!

September 2017

  • Alex Rosenthal, Han Gao, Jamie LaVergne, and George Wells present work from the Wells research group at WEFTEC 2017 in Chicago, IL
  • George presents new results on DPAOs and the CANDO+P process for energy recovery from waste nitrogen at the AWRA on “Cutting Edge Solutions to Wicked Water Problems” in Tel Aviv, Israel

August 2017

  • George co-chairs the WEF Nutrient Removal and Recovery Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota (https://www.wef.org/nutrients/) Thanks to all contributors for a terrific meeting!

May 2017

Alex Rosenthal presents a paper on “Investigation of guild stratification in mainstream partial nitritation/ anammox biofilms reactors” at the IWA Biofilm Reactor Conference in Dublin, Ireland

March 2017

  • George gives an invited presentation at a specialist conference on “Wastewater as a Resource” at KAUST in Saudi Arabia

February 2017

  • Morgan passes her Ph.D. qualifying exam; congratulations, Morgan!
  • Alex Rosenthal and Paul Roots present our latest results on mainstream nitritaton/anammox processes at the Borchardt Conference at the University of Michigan