Way Klingler Young Scholar Awards support promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers.
Dr. Krassimira Hristova, assistant professor of biological sciences, applies emerging trends in molecular and environmental microbiology to help understand and prevent the spread of contaminants. Her recent work focuses on methyl tertiary butyl, a gasoline additive that is one of the leading ground-water contaminants in the country. "By better understanding the enzyme pathways and genetic regulation of the contaminant biodegradation, we can help develop more efficient bio-remediation technologies for the cleanup of gasoline spills," Hristova says. She is currently researching the toxic effects of human exposure to metal nano-oxides, with the goal of engineering less toxic nanomaterials that reduce contamination of human cells, in addition to analyzing the spread of antibiotic resistance in the environment by anthropogenic -deriving from human- activities. Both studies have enormous potential to improve the health and safety of people around the world.
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