Early Career Award

We are honored and incredibly excited to announce that we have received a National Science Foundation Early Career Award in Systems and Synthetic Biology to support our work on microbial tannin metabolism.

Title: CAREER: Unlocking Microbial Condensed Tannin Resistance Mechanisms: Scaling from Enzymes to Biomes

Check out our abstract here: NSF website

One of our CT-degrading isolates already in the works!





Wetland Soil Sampling

It was a beautiful Fall weekend to sample soil cores at the Wetland last week! Kelly and Jordan took our rotation student Lennel Camuy-Vélez to take soil samples, measure dissolved oxygen, and set up an experiment to measure methane production potential. Lennel will be with us for the next 8 weeks measuring methane and analyzing genomes and transcripts from the Wetland – and hopefully taking some more great pictures!

Early Career Award

Many thanks to The Department of Energy Early Career Research Program

for support and funding this year!

Project title: Genomes to ecosystem function: Targeting critical knowledge gaps in methanogenesis and translation to updated global biogeochemical models

Also, Congratulations to the many other Early Career Award recipients!

ASM awards

Congratulations to our students on winning travel awards and outstanding abstract awards! Make sure you check out their talks/posters found on our conferences page

ASM Student and post-doctoral travel award

Jordan Angle

Mikayla Borton

Bridget O’Banion

Outstanding abstract award

Mikayla Borton

Bridget O’Banion

2017 Conferences

Hi Everyone! We hope 2017 is off to a great start. Check out our upcoming conferences page to see all of the conferences we will be attending or giving talks at this year. We will update it with more information as it becomes available.

Abstracts Due February 10th.

Register by March 17th


Invited Talks

Kelly Wrighton June 2 at 4:30-5:00pm in “Geomicrobiology: Linking Cells to Cycles”

Contributed Talks

Lindsey Solden June 3rd from 3:00-3:15pm in “Interactions for the Common Good: Metabolism, Syntrophy and Spatial Biogeography in Microbial Communities” Room 356 Title “Anoxic Carbon Transformations by Uncultivated Bacteroidetes and Viruses in the Rumen Ecosystem”

Jordan Angle  June 3rd from 3:00-3:15pm in “Microbial Feedbacks to Climate Change: Current Status, Challenges and Future Perspectives” Room 349Title Methanogenesis in Oxygenated Soils is an Unrecognized Driver of Wetland Methane Emissions

Garrett Smith June 3rd 4:30-4:45pm in “The Expanding Universe of Nitrogen and Carbon Cycle Microorganisms” Title New Methylococcaceae Genus Possessing Unexpected Denitrification Potential Dominates Freshwater Wetland Soils Room 356

Mikayla Borton June 5th 11:30-11:15pm in “Beyond 16S: New Insights into the Human Microbiome in Health and Disease”, Room 356 Title Winners and Losers: Microorganisms Impacted by Inflammation in the Gut


Bridget O’Banion June 3rd 12:15pm-2:15pm in Ecological and Evolutionary Science – EES06 – Geomicrobiology Title Methylamine Metabolisms Fuel Active Methanogenesis in Hydraulically Fractured Shales

Travel Awards

Jordan Angle – ASM Student and post-doctoral travel award

Mikayla Borton- ASM Student and post-doctoral travel award

Bridget O’Banion- ASM Student and post-doctoral travel award

Outstanding abstract award

Mikayla Borton

Bridget O’Banion


July 16th-21st Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Register by June 15th


Submit abstracts by June 21

Register by July 5th

Submit abstracts by May 31

Register by July 28th


Top 100 Discoveries of 2016

Happy New Year everyone!! 2016 was a great year for the Wrighton Lab. One of our publications was selected as one of the Top 100 Discoveries of 2016. We would like to thank all of our amazing collaborators, including EMSL for making this publication possible.

Read the original publication here

Here’s to hoping 2017 is just as successful!


New article

Check out the latest publication from our awesome Ohio State shale team.

Microbial metabolisms in a 2.5-km-deep ecosystem created by hydraulic fracturing in shales

Also take a look at some of the press about our findings

H2O radio

JGI (David Gilbert): Microbial Metabolism Impacts Sustainability of Fracking Efforts

DCO: New Genus of Bacteria Found Living Inside Hydraulic Fracturing Wells


OSU news room