Mary Jo Kirisits

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Dr. Mary Jo Kirisits is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Architectural, and Environmental Engineering.  Dr. Kirisits's teaching interests include water and wastewater treatment processes, particularly biological processes, biofilms, environmental microbiology, and molecular biology.

Her research emphasizes the importance of applying the tools of molecular biology and microbiology to better understand and optimize the performance of biological treatment processes and to prevent their catastrophic failure.

Current and recent projects include:

  • Microbial perchlorate and bromate reduction in drinking water
  • The impact of nanomaterials on bacteria in engineered treatment processes
  • Rainwater harvesting: water quality and treatment
  • The impact of nutrient supplementation in biological drinking water treatment processes
  • Prokaryotic cDNA subtraction: a focused tool for gene identification
  • Biomineralization in cement paste
  • Assessment of phenotypic variation in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms
  •  Investigation of microbial communities in pediatric ear infections