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Dr. Frank LöfflerDr. Frank Löffler

Professor
Governor's Chair

Office: 706 Science & Engineering Building
Phone: 865-974-4933
Fax: 865-974-4007
Email: frank.loeffler@utk.edu

Office: 705/709 Science & Engineering Building
Phone: 865-974-7839


The Löffler lab conducts fundamental research in interrelated focal areas: microbial community structure and function, novel bacteria, microbial detoxification of environmental pollutants, degradation pathways, monitoring tools, and bioremediation applications. Of particular interest are the microbial processes contributing to organic and inorganic contaminant detoxification, N- and C-turnover in soils and sediments, and greenhouse gas emission mitigation. Fundamental questions about keystone species and how they function in the context of microbial communities and the physical environment are studied. These efforts apply cutting-edge analytical tools including (meta)genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics to isolates, consortia and environmental samples. The identification of process-specific biomarkers leads to prognostic and diagnostic tools to detect and quantify microorganisms of interest, to monitor their activities, and to describe overall microbial community structure, dynamics, resilience and function within an environmental context. These research questions are addressed in collaborative teams, often in conjunction with industry or government partners for rapid transition of laboratory findings to real world applications.

For more information about my research, please visit my Lab Website

  • B.S., 1986, University of Hohenheim, Germany
  • M.S., 1990, University of Hohenheim, Germany
  • Ph.D., 1994, University of Hohenheim/Technical University Harburg, Germany
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, 1994-1996, Michigan State University

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