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Claudia K. Gunsch
Theodore Kennedy Associate ProfessorDr. Gunsch’s research focuses characterizing and engineering environmental microbiomes. Students and postdoctoral associates in her group apply fundamental concepts from the fields of microbiology, genomics and bioinformatics to environmental engineering applications. Current research projects focus on exploring ballast water microbiomes, exploring correlations between microbial adaptation and evolution stemming from their exposure to contaminants, characterizing the fate of genetically modified crop transgenes, developing genetic bioaugmentation technologies for improving the bioremediation efficacy of recalcitrant contaminants and developing innovative water treatment technologies for industrial and developing world applications.
Appointments and Affiliations
- Theodore Kennedy Associate Professor
- Associate Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
- Secondary Associate Professor in the Division of Environmental Science and Policy
- Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering
- Faculty Network Member of The Energy Initiative
- Office Location: 127 Hudson Hall, Durham, NC 27708
- Office Phone: (919) 660-5208
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Center for the Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology (CEINT)
- Duke Center for the Genomics of Microbial Systems
- Duke University Program in Ecology
- Duke University Superfund Research Center
- Integrative Bioinformatics for Investigating and Engineering Microbiomes (IBIEM)
- Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 2004
- M.S. Clemson University, 2000
- B.S. Purdue University, 1998
Identifying genetic adaptation mechanisms resulting from anthropogenic contaminant exposure; developing biosensors capable of pathogen and contaminant detection in water and air; studying the impact of emerging contaminants on aquatic microbial ecology; and the development of novel techniques for controlling pathogen proliferation
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions
- Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program. National Science Foundation. 2009
- BME 565L: Environmental Molecular Biotechnology (GE, MC)
- CEE 566: Environmental Microbiology
- CEE 661L: Environmental Molecular Biotechnology (GE, MC)
- CEE 690: Advanced Topics in Civil and Environmental Engineering
In the News
- Studying Superfunds: Duke Environmental Engineers Investigate How Super-Polluted Areas Affect Early Human Health (Jul 21, 2017 | Pratt School of Engineering )
- Claudia Gunsch Receives the 2016 Huber Research Prize (May 20, 2016)
- Duke Awards Distinguished Professorships, Inducts New Bass Society Members (May 5, 2016)
- Chemicals in human waste can harm crop land (Feb 25, 2014 | WUNC )
- New Test Screens Wastewater Biosolids For Environmental Contaminants (Feb 13, 2014)
- Gerhard, WA; Gunsch, CK, Analyzing trends in ballasting behavior of vessels arriving to the United States from 2004 to 2017, Marine Pollution Bulletin, vol 135 (2018), pp. 525-533 [10.1016/j.marpolbul.2018.07.001] [abs].
- Holzem, RM; Stapleton, HM; Gunsch, CK, Impact of Biosolids on Indigenous Soil Denitrifying Bacteria, Journal of Environmental Engineering (United States), vol 144 no. 9 (2018) [10.1061/(ASCE)EE.1943-7870.0001442] [abs].
- Danley-Thomson, AA; Huang, EC; Worley-Morse, T; Gunsch, CK, Evaluating the role of total organic carbon in predicting the treatment efficacy of biosand filters for the removal of Vibrio cholerae in drinking water during startup., Journal of Applied Microbiology, vol 125 no. 3 (2018), pp. 917-928 [10.1111/jam.13909] [abs].
- Czaplicki, LM; Dharia, M; Cooper, EM; Ferguson, PL; Gunsch, CK, Evaluating the mycostimulation potential of select carbon amendments for the degradation of a model PAH by an ascomycete strain enriched from a superfund site., Biodegradation (2018) [10.1007/s10532-018-9843-z] [abs].
- Gwin, CA; Gunsch, CK, Examining relationships between total silver concentration and Sil silver resistance genes in domestic wastewater treatment plants., Journal of Applied Microbiology, vol 124 no. 6 (2018), pp. 1638-1646 [10.1111/jam.13731] [abs].