November 20: Steven W. Wilhelm, Kenneth & Blaire Mossman Professor, UT Department of Microbiology
Cyanobacterial blooms occur when large amounts of wastewater containing phosphorus and nitrogen enter a body of water from industrial, agricultural, or residential areas, turning the water blue or green from an increase in algae. Toxins released by the blooms can result in ecological fallout, endangering the health and safety of the water, aquatic plants, and animals.
Wilhelm is a key researcher at UT for cyanobacterial blooms. Wilhelm’s lab uses biomolecular tools such as DNA and RNA sequencing, metabolomics, and others to study cyanobacteria, viruses, bacteria, and algae.