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.


ISME 2016

We had a successful trip to the International Society for Microbial Ecology (ISME) Meeting this year. Here are some pics from our trip!

Kelly and first year graduate student, Kayla gave fantastic talks.


Also Kelly was the third most mentioned person during her talk on moose at ISME! Check out the statistics by Keith Turner and check him out on Twitter.

Graduate students at their posters (left to right: Jordan Angle, Robert Danczak, Paula Dalcin-Martin, Anne Brooker, Lindsey Solden):


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Congratulations to Paula Dalcin-Martin on her ISME student travel award!

Classic Ohio.


We also found some time to explore Montreal and celebrate a productive summer!

Lab Dinner at Bouillon Bilk


We went on an awesome food tour in Mile End.


Climbed up Mount Royale.




JGI MGM workshop

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



Frontiers of Science Symposium

This week Kelly took shale across the ocean and spoke at the German-American Frontiers of Science Symposium , a National Academy of Sciences meeting.

Check out some of the twitter buzz about the meeting:

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.

Learn about the latest energy solutions at ASME’s Power & Energy Conference and Exhibition.