Derek Lovley

Distinguished University Professor, microbiology, associate dean/director environmental biotechnology

anaerobic microorganisms, microbial fuel cells, bioremediation, speakers bureau

Phone: (413) 695-1690


Derek Lovley’s research is focused on the physiology and ecology of novel anaerobic microorganisms. His topics of investigation include: in situ groundwater bioremediation; microbial fuel cells; directed and natural evolution of anaerobic respiration; anaerobic biofilms; and extracellular electron transfer mechanisms. These studies are being approached at the genome scale and involve genetic, biochemical, ecological and in silico modeling approaches. His research ranges from basic physiological studies to collaborations with industry to optimize the function of microbial fuel cells.