Microplate methodologies applied to environmental biotechnology

Farrah Solomon, University of Rhode Island


Microarray technology is a high-throughput technique that allows a researcher to reduce the amount of reagents for each experiment as well as conduct multiple experiments with varying conditions simultaneously with the capability of analyzing this data quickly. Such microarray techniques are being applied across fields such as environmental, pharmaceutical, microbiology, and biomedical among others (Kricka, 2001). Chapter 1 provides an introduction to microarray technology with a description of three different techniques: Phenotypic Microarray, DNA Microarray and Protein Microarray, used to study different aspects of microorganisms. Chapter 2 presents the first manuscript, "A novel application of microarray technology to respiration study of Escherichia Coli", with a focus on the development of a respirometric protocol to monitor the respiration of Escherichia Coli over time. Chapter 3 presents the second manuscript, "Effect of Dysprosium oxide nanoparticles on Escherichia coli", with a focus on the application of the developed respirometric methodology in Chapter 2 to the toxicity effect of Dysprosium oxide nanoparticles on Escherichia Coli. Only the author's contribution to this manuscript will be presented. Chapter 4 presents the third manuscript, "Anaerobic growth of Acidithiobacillus ferrooxidans using microarray technology", with a focus on the development of an anaerobic growth methodology for the reduction of iron to be used in future nanotoxicity studies.

Subject Area

Civil engineering|Environmental engineering

Recommended Citation

Farrah Solomon, "Microplate methodologies applied to environmental biotechnology" (2014). Dissertations and Master's Theses (Campus Access). Paper AAI1570877.