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Morgen Anyan

Morgen E. Anyan


Bachelor of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering, Washington State University (2010)


While at Washington State University I worked as an undergraduate research assistant under Dr. Jeremy Rentz and investigated cadmium and phosphorus sorption to biogenic iron oxides. I evaluated the ability of biogenic iron oxides to adsorb cadmium, and helped develop and test a filter system to maximize phosphorus removal from water.

During the summer of 2010 I was an environmental intern at the BP Cherry Point Refinery in Blaine, WA. I conducted EPA compliance surveys to ensure that the refinery was in compliance with national, state and local environmental ordinances, investigated the correlation between plant operations and total sulfur emissions, and compiled a data base of emission alarms to cross reference with agency permit limits to lay the groundwork for more efficient reporting of refinery air emissions.

Summary of Activities/Interests

My research focuses on investigating the influence of physical and environmental factors on the swarm motility of the bacterium Pseudomonas aeruginosa. In December 2014  my collaborators and I published our results detailing how type IV pili interactions promote cell-cell associations and moderate P. aeruginosa swarming in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. I am also finishing up research into the affect of motility mode on P. aeruginosa heavy metal resistance, and in March 2015 I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation.