Collecting samples at Lake Erie. No one said environmental micro was clean.

Collecting samples at Lake Erie. No one said environmental micro was clean

My masters research at California Polytechnic Institute was supported by Chevron Energy Corporation. During this time, I characterized the microbial transformation of hydrocarbons in a sand dune aquifer in Guadalupe, CA (beautiful central coast!). From here I developed skills in anaerobic physiology by conducting my PhD research in Microbiology at UC Berkeley with Professor John Coates. My research used bacteria to convert waste into electrical energy via Microbial Fuel Cells. After my PhD, I wanted to go back to my two favorite science interests: field work and microbial community function. I conducted my post-doctoral training in conjunction with Professor Jill Banfield, in the Department of Earth and Planetary Science at UC Berkeley, and the Department of Energy. I learned about the power of assembly based community genomics (metagenomics) to generate hypotheses about the integrated physiological networks in microbial communities, with a focus on uncultivated candidate phyla.

Here at OSU I have melded my science training into one lab- we use geochemical signatures, anaerobic physiology, ecology principles, and genomics tools to elucidate how microbial communities function. We primarily are focused on methanogenic biomes with applications in energy production, animal and human health, as well as controlling greenhouse gas emission in wetlands.

Please find my CV here Wrighton_CV_Jan2018

Check out our research on Google scholar


Rebecca Daly, Senior Researcher                                          

RAD_WrightonLabPhotoI have always loved science, but microbial ecology has been my passion for many years. I was trained by Dr. Mary Firestone at UC Berkeley and Dr. Eoin Brodie at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where I first met Kelly. Today I am a senior researcher and lab manager in Kelly’s lab. I am involved in all of the lab’s projects, however my main focus are microbes in pristine shale samples and microbial communities in produced fluids from hydraulic fracturing.

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Richard Wolfe, Bioinformatician

Rich Wolfe, Bioinformatician Rich received his undergraduate and masters degrees in Computer Science from Ohio University. He is also certified in Bioinformatics. Now he uses his computer skills to keep the Wrighton lab running informat-ively. Check out his scripts and new developments on his github page.

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Jordan Angle, PhD candidate

I completed my Bachelors and Masters degrees in Biology from Eastern Illinois University before teaching as an Instructor at McNeese State University for 3 years. Now, I am working on my PhD in microbiology focused on methanogens in a freshwater temperate wetland (Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve) in northern Ohio. Specifically I am interested in how geochemical and ecosystem heterogeneity affects methanogen abundance and activity over seasonal scales. The overarching goal of the project is to understand methane cycling in freshwater wetlands and how methane emissions might be affected by microbial processes. 


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Lindsey Solden, PhD candidate

Moose fest!

I completed my Bachelor’s degree in microbiology at Ohio State in 2013. During my bachelor’s I fell in love with research and decided to pursue my PhD. Now I am a PhD candidate in microbiology studying microbial metabolism of lignocellulosic material in the moose rumen. I am interested in the novel bacteria and metabolisms involved in breaking down recalcitrant carbon in an anaerobic environment.

Check out my google scholar page for recent publications

Anticipated graduation date: Summer 2018

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Garrett Smith, Graduate Student


I grew up in Southern California before earning a BS in Microbiology and Genetics from Iowa State in 2014. I developed an interest in Microbiology relatively late, but my drive helped earn an NSF GRFP for my PhD thesis at Ohio State. I am studying the methanotrophic microbial population dynamics in nearby OWC, in addition to developing a metabolic model for methane consumption in suboxic conditions using a relevant field isolate. Broader scientific relate to generally unusual microbes – metabolism, location, morphology, etc. – and astrobiology. Additional skills include: coffee snob, donut delivery, 15k running (once), occasional science joke, playing ping-pong with both hands.

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Mikayla Borton, Graduate Student


I completed my undergraduate degree in microbiology at the Ohio State University. Before starting graduate school, I worked in the Wrighton Lab as a technician, splitting my time between leading work on the NIH Salmonella project and investigating microbial methylamine cycling in fractured shales. I decided to stay on in the Wrighton lab for my doctorate starting in Fall 2016 in the Environmental Sciences Graduate Program, where I am continuing my work studying methylamine cycling in both the gut and fractured shale ecosystems. I was fortunate enough to receive the The Fay Graduate Fellowship in Environmental Sciences. Check out the link if you are interested in applying

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Linnea Kop

Sophie L Nixon


Bridget O’Banion I am currently an undergraduate at Ohio State majoring in environmental sciences. In the Wrighton Lab, I work mainly on studying microbial community dynamics using various -omics techniques in both the murine gut and hydraulically fractured shale systems. I plan to continue along the research path and pursue my PhD in microbiology.

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Kevin Eberle  I am an undergraduate student at Ohio State pursuing a degree in microbiology, with the hopes of attending medical school in fall 2018. I am interested in the human microbiome and am happy to have found a space in the Wrighton lab to study methaylamine cycling in the human gut. I am also social chair for the Undergraduate Microbiology Club at Ohio State.

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David Morgan I am an undergraduate at Ohio State pursuing a degree in microbiology. In the Wrighton lab, I am working to isolate and characterize microbes from the produced waters of hydraulically fractured shales.

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T.J. Beavers Jan 2015-June 2016


I recently finished up my undergraduate honors thesis in the Wrighton lab and am finishing up my senior year at Ohio State. In the spring I will have a double major in microbiology and political science, with research distinction in microbiology. My project in the Wrighton lab focused on the gastrointestinal microbiome of moose in Minnesota and the Columbus Zoo and the potential role that certain taxa my have in disease and nutrition.

My honors thesis is available here: Undergraduate_Research_Thesis_2016.pdf

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Ray McVeety Oct 2013-Oct 2014

Ray builds his first station for cultivating moose methanogens. Wundergrad indeed! I am an undergraduate at The Ohio State University studying Microbiology and Neuroscience. My project in the Wrighton lab focused on anaerobic microbes within a moose. I worked with Lindsey during my freshman year to uncover the connection between the gut microbial community and the development of inflammatory bowel disease in moose. I just recently got accepted into Ohio States Medical School program where I will be starting Autumn semester 2017!


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Melanie DeLa Rosa May 2014-Aug 2014

Melanie takes a break from culturing halophiles to enjoy some Caprisun

I am a biology undergraduate student from Universidad del Este in Carolina, PuertoRico. I spent the summer of 2014 in the Wrighton lab working on identifying and isolating halophiles from Lake Retba in Senegal, Africa.


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Dan Marcus, Masters Student Aug 2015-June 2016

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In 2010 I received my Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan.  After graduating I stayed on at the University of Michigan as a laboratory manager in Dr. Gregory Dick’s Geomicrobiology lab & as a bioinformatics technician in Dr. Lutgarde Raskin’s water resources engineering lab.  In these positions I leveraged ‘omics techniques to study microbial community structure and function in natural and engineered environments.  For my studies at the Ohio State, I was interested in investigating the microbial contribution to corrosion in shale gas infrastructure.  It is my hope that my research will contribute to a better understanding of microbial processes involved in corrosion and provide for improved industrial practice.

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