University of Alberta

Dr. Julia Foght > Professor

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Contact

Room: M 440, Biological Sciences
Phone: (780) 492-3279
Fax: (780) 492-9234
Email: julia.foght@ualberta.ca

Current Research Interests

Current interests include anaerobic hydrocarbon biodegradation and methane biogenesis, particularly in oil sands tailings ponds. We are using microbial metagenomic analysis (http://www.hydrocarbonmetagenomics.com/) coupled with analytical chemistry to identify the genes responsible for this activity. In collaborative work we are studying the role of microbes in accelerating the settling of solids and recovery of pore water in tailings ponds (‘biodensification’). Other petroleum-related research includes fundamental studies of hydrocarbon transport across biological membranes. A second area of interest is the isolation and characterization of cold-adapted bacterial communities that live underneath and within glaciers, including the role of extracellular polymeric substances in modulating bacterial survival in these cold environments.
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