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DOE Funded Researchers Win R&D 100 Award for Design of GeoChip
Published: July 27, 2009
Posted: August 06, 2009

A team of investigators led by Jizhong Zhou of the University of Oklahoma has been selected to receive an R&D 100 Award for development of the GeoChip, a tool for screening functional characteristics of complex microbial communities in the environment.  The GeoChip is microarray of DNA probes that allows detection of over 10,000 genes involved in functions of interest to DOE including metal reduction, stress tolerance, nutrient acquisition, and degradation of carbon compounds by wide range of microbes.  These microbial functions can be used to develop microbe-based remediation strategies. 

Contact: Joseph Graber, SC-23.2, (301) 903-1239
Topic Areas:

  • Research Area: Subsurface Biogeochemical Research
  • Research Area: Carbon Cycle, Nutrient Cycling
  • Research Area: Genomic Analysis and Systems Biology
  • Research Area: Microbes and Communities
  • Research Area: Research Technologies and Methodologies
  • Cross-Cutting: Lectures, Awards, and Recognition

Division: SC-23.2 Biological Systems Science Division, BER


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