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Over billions of years of evolution, bacteria have discovered a wide diversity of metabolic strategies that capture the energy released during oxidation and reduction of organic and inorganic compounds. This activity has a profound effect on the chemistry of the planet.


We study bacteria that transfer electrons beyond their cell membranes, a process that enables them to gain energy from rocks, rusts, and even other organisms. This movement of electrons can alter the toxicity and solubility of metals, or provide a route for bioremediation of contaminants in the subsurface.  Importantly, this represents a connection between the cell interior and exterior that links the enzymatic precision of life to the electrical world.  


We invent new tools to explore the interface between microbiology and electricity, study the molecular basis for this metabolism, and develop strategies that harness these organisms to synthesize bioproducts, capture carbon dioxide, and generate energy. 

Laboratory of Dr. Daniel R. Bond     Department of Microbiology       Biotechnology Institute       University of Minnesota

G. sulfurreducens biofilm : Dr. Y. Liu