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Sept 2 Cafe – What can microbial communities tell us?


East Bay Science Cafe

Dr. Alicia  Taylor

“What can microbial communities tell us? Research in a model human intestine and wastewater system”

Wednesday, Sept 2, 2015

Cafe Valparaiso
1403 Solano Ave.
Albany, California 94706

Gut Microbes Image: NIH

Gut Microbes Image: NIH

 Microbial communities can be used to study emerging contaminants (nanoparticles) and serve as a proxy for understanding nanoparticle effects on human and environmental health. Using microbial communities in research offers many advantages to the traditional laboratory bacteria tests, which are often performed with one bacterium in idealized settings, and are not representative of realistic exposure scenarios or environments.
Alicia Taylor is a postdoctoral scholar at UC Berkeley in the Plant & Microbial Biology Department. Alicia received her Ph.D. from UC Riverside in Environmental Toxicology. At UCB, Alicia uses plants and microbes to remediate soil and water contaminated with metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, and other polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons. Her background is in water quality, nanotoxicology, and studying microbial communities in complex environments. Alicia’s interests include science outreach, science education, and science communication. You can find Alicia on LinkedIn:

Alicia Taylor

Dr. Alicia Taylor


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