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


Summer Undergraduate Research Presentations

Congratulations to our undergraduate students who are presenting their summer research work today at the student poster forum!


Kayla (who mentored both undergraduates this summer) and David at his poster.



Bridget O’Banion discussing her work on the NIH Salmonella project this summer with a peer.



Kevin from the Wilkin’s lab explaining his biofilm assay to Kelly and Kayla.


JGI MGM workshop

Our students are representing Ohio State and our team at the Joint Genome Institute’s Microbial Genomics and Metagenomics Workshop. OH!



Recent shale news








Images: Mike Wilkins, Ohio State University

Top:  Bacterial culture isolated from shale wells, incubated in a titanium cell under high pressures and temperatures.

Bottom: Cross section of hydraulic fracturing process.

New Life for Fracturing Wells –

Some of the natural gas produced by shale wells may actually be produced by microbial life introduced during the fracturing process.

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