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Anna Engelbrektson and John Coates
Postdoc - Hongbo (Shirley) Zhu
Aisling Leavy, a high school student, and John Coates
Coates Lab 2014
Graduate Student Iain Clark
Dana Loutey, Israel Figueroa, and Anna Engelbrektson

John D. CoatesWe focus on environmental microbiology, specifically applied microbiology and bioremediation to clean up pollution and research environmentally friendly approaches to technology and oil extraction.

The Coates Lab is located in the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley, as well as the Energy Biosciences Institute in Berkeley, California. 

Novel Marine DRPB in genus Arcobacter

Arcobacter
We've identified a novel marine DPRB in the genus Arcobacter that represents the first description of a DPRB associated with the Campylobacteraceae.

Benzoate and Phenylacetate Degradation by a Novel Marine Chlorate-Reducing Bacterium

Scanning electron micrograph of strain NSS
A novel marine dissimilatory chlorate-reducing bacterium (ClRB), Dechloromarinus chlorophilus strain NSS, catabolizes both benzoate and phenylacetate.

Microbial Chlorate Respiration

Perchlorate reducing bacteria are able to grow via the reduction of both perchlorate and chlorate while chlorate-reducers can only respire the latter.

Fossil Fuel Bioprocessing

Hot Springs, Yellowstone National Park
Could this be the next big thing? Extracting oil in environmentally friendly ways. See the video and read more.

Microbial Sulfate Reduction

cartoon of microbial sulfate reduction
The production of the toxic and corrosive compound, hydrogen sulfide, by sulfate-reducing microorganisms is costly and dangerous from a public health and environmental perspective.

Dissimilatory Phosphite Oxidation by Microbes

phosphite oxidation graphic
The goal for this research is to elucidate the biochemical pathways and genes involved in DPO and to broaden our understanding of the microorganisms responsible for this process in the environment.

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program (URAP), one of many undergraduate research programs available on campus
The Coates Lab is always looking for highly motivated undergraduates.

Research in Environmental Sustainability

Environmental Sustainability requires research with the goal of promoting sustainable systems that support human wellbeing, and are compatible with sustaining natural ecosystems.
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