Alison Cupples, Ph.D.

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Alison Cupples

Dr. Cupples's research area is enviromental microbiology. Her current research activities are focusing on microbial degradation of soil and water contaminants, dehalogenation of the groundwater contaminants tetrachloroethene and trichloroethene and their reductive dechlorination products, cis-dichloroethene and vinyl chloride. Dr. Cupples's research group is developing and using molecular methods (qPCR, SIP, TRFLP, LAMP) to identify and quantify the microorganisms responsible for environmental contaminants (vinyl chloride, BTEX, MTBE, dioxane, RDX), and investigate fate of pharmaceuticals during wastewater treatment and land application of biosolids.