EGS Student Conducts Research on Biosurfactants
Biosurfactants are chemical compounds produced by bacteria. They have multiple uses, including playing an important role in the bioremediation of toxic waste sites. Certain bacteria produce biosurfactants that allow them to access certain types of hazardous waste and use them as a food source. Kim Lundberg, a senior in EGS, has been working on characterizing a biosurfactant produced by the bacterium Bdellovibrio bacteriovorus. Kim has been working under the supervision of Dr. Ferguson.