Dr. Kenneth F Reardon
Dr. Reardon joined the department in 1988 after a year of postdoctoral research at the Universitat Hannover as an Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow. Since that time he has developed a research program in four areas. Most of his group's work is environmental biotechnology, particularly bioremediation. The goals of these projects are to improve our understanding of microbial degradation of hazardous compounds (often with the use of molecular biological and proteomic methods) and to develop better processes for cleanup of contaminated air, water and soil. A second research topic is the design of biosensors for environmental contaminants and toxicity. In collaboration with colleagues in Environmental Health Dr. Reardon conducts research in the area of quantitative toxicology. His fourth research topic is the development of innovative bioreactor strategies for products such as biosurfactants. Dr. Reardon holds joint appointments in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology and the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences.