University of Arizona BIO5 Institute, Room 103
Thomas W. Keating Bioresearch Building
1657 E. Helen St.
Tucson, AZ 85721
Brought to you by the Arizona Center for the Biology of Complex Diseases (ABCD) at the University of Arizona:
TOPIC: “The Environmental Microbiome”
SPEAKER: Raina Maier, PhD — Interim Director, Institute of the Environment, and Professor of Environmental Biology in the Department of Soil, Water, and Environmental Science, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona
WHEN: Friday, April 5, 2018 | 9-11 a.m.
WHERE: BIO5 Room 103
Weekly Colloquium, Spring 2019 – Problems in the Biology of Complex Diseases
(CMM, MCB, GENE, IMB, PCOL 595H)
Fridays, 9-11 a.m., Keating/BIO5 Room 103, Jan. 11-April 26 (except for March 1, 9-11 a.m., Keating/BIO5 Room 247)
SPEAKERS SCHEDULE: Click here [PDF] for a printable schedule for the entire series.
About the Speaker
Dr. Raina M Maier is a professor of environmental microbiology in the Department of Soil, Water and Environmental Science and director of the UA NIEHS Superfund Research Program. She also serves as director of the UA Center for Environmentally Sustainable Mining and as deputy director of the TRIF Water Sustainability Program. Dr. Maier is internationally known for her work on microbial surfactants (biosurfactants) including discovery of a new class of biosurfactants and of novel applications for these unique materials in remediation and green technologies. She is also recognized for her work on the relationships between microbial diversity and ecosystem function in oligotrophic environments such as carbonate caves, the Atacama desert, and mine tailings. Dr. Maier has published over 100 original research papers, authored 23 book chapters, and holds a patent on the use of biosurfactants to control zoosporic plant pathogens. She is the lead author on the textbook “Environmental Microbiology” currently in its second edition.Dr. Maier emphasizes a multidisciplinary approach to her work and has served as PI or co-PI on several large granting efforts including the UA NIEHS Superfund Research Program, the UA NSF Kartchner Caverns Microbial Observatory, and the UA NSF Collaborative Research in Chemistry grant on biosurfactants.