Morgen E. Anyan
Summary of Activities/Interests
My research focuses on factors that affect the swarming motility of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a ubiquitous, Gram negative bacterium. Swarming is the coordinated group movement of cells across a surface, and is thought to aide P. aeruginosa's ability to form biofilms and colonize environmental niches. I have specifically investigated how surface moisture, temperature, humidity and type IV pili affect swarm dynamics.
I am currently branching out to investigate how cadmium and nickel affect P. aeruginosa swarming and swimming motilities in order to better understand how heavy metals and bacteria interact.
B.S. Washington State University-Civil and Environmental Engineering (2010)
While at Washington State University I worked as an undergraduate research assistant under Dr. Jeremy Rentz. My research projects included evaluating cadmium sorption to biogenic iron oxides and investigating enhanced PAH degradation through salicylate addition.
I was an environmental intern with BP during the summer of 2010, during which time I conducted various EPA compliance surveys, investigated the correlation between plant operations and total sulfur emissions, and began compiling a data base to cross reference plant emission alarms with agency permit emission limits.