Duke University Superfund Research Center trainee and doctoral candidate Lauren Redfern describes her research on how to exploit natural adaptation techniques to improve bioremediation, particularly focusing on Superfund sites and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). She is also looking at changes in microbiomes in response to chronic exposure to PAHs at different Superfund sites.
She discusses her science outreach work with K-12 audiences and the broader implications of her work at the Duke University Superfund Research Center. Redfern was awarded the 2015 NIEHS K.C. Donnelly Award for her research, which allowed her to work under the mentorship of Dr. Lisa Alvarez-Cohen at UC-Berkeley, where she ran a set of microcosm experiments to monitor and optimize bacteria for bioremediation.
This video was created by the Research Translation Core of the Duke University Superfund Research Center, with production and editing assistance from Paul Zizzo at Duke University.