Research Overview

Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology

The goal of my lab is to solve environmental problems by using the power of microbes. Our recent research focuses include (1) the bioremediation of inorganic nutrients, especially nitrogen and phosphorus, (2) nitrogen fixing microbes associated with non-legume plants, (3) the response of microbiome to environmental changes, and (4) the ecology of pathogens and antibiotic resistant bacteria. We use multiple approaches to answer fundamental and applied scientific questions, including microbiological (e.g., single-cell isolation), analytical (e.g., stable isotope analysis, microsensor measurements), molecular biological (e.g., gene manipulation), omics technologies (e.g., genomics, metagenomics, metatranscriptomics, high-throughput sequencing, bioinformatics), and engineering (e.g., bioreactors, mathematical modeling) approaches.

Please also see the BTI's Gateway article featuring Ishii's research: "a tiny solution to a big water problem."