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About Derek Lovley

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.


Present Distinguished Professor, Department of Microbiology, University of Massachusetts Amherst


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Honors and Awards

  • 2016 Highly Cited Researchers, Thomson Reuters

Contact Information

203 Morrill Science Center IVN
University of Massachusetts Amherst
639 North Pleasant Street
Amherst, MA 01003-9298
Tel: 413-545-9651
Fax: 413-4545-1578


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