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Donna L. Bedard
Research Professor
Ph. D. University of Chicago
B. S. Jackson College, Tufts University
Molecular Environmental Biology
Environmental Biotechnology
Department of Biology
Rensselear Polytechnic Institute
110 8th St.

Troy, NY 12180


Office: MRC 236
Phone: 518-276-2912


Research Interests:

My primary research interests are are in molecular environmental microbiology and environmental biotechnology. More specifically: (1) Identification, and isolation of novel species that catalyze the dechlorination of PCBs, (2) Identification and characterization of the reductive dehalogenase genes that encode PCB dechlorination (3) Determination of the PCB substrate range of reductive dehalogenases that dechlorinate PCBs (4) Characterization of novel biotransformation and catabolic pathways for the detoxication of PCBs (5) Development of methods for in situ bioremediation of PCBs in aquatic sediments.