Syed Hashsham

Syed Hashsham

Syed Hashsham

Professor, Program coordinator, Environmental Engineering


Dr. Hashsham’s research interests lie at the intersection of three closely related areas:

i) understanding how complex microbial communities work

ii) development of parallel detection tools 

iii) development/evaluation of processes relevant to environmental biotechnology. For complex communities (e.g., in bioreactors, gut, or environment), he studies the abiotic and biotic factors that makes a microbial system stable or unstable with respect to function and community structure. As part of projects funded by NIH, EPA, and MEDC to develop parallel detection tools, his team has developed a low cost hand-held gene analyzer capable of quantifying genetic markers within 30 minutes. Projects related to development of processes relevant to environmental biotechnology encompass a number of activities ranging from studies focusing on chlorinated solvents, methanogenesis, and microbial corrosion. As part of the NIEHS Superfund Research Center, he is leading Project 4 focusing on remediation of polychlorinated dibenzodioxins and polychlorinated dibenzofurans

Withrow Distinguished (Junior) Scholar Award (MSU), 2007
Edwin Willits Associate Professor Award, 2005-2009
Lilly Teaching Fellowship Award (MSU), 2003-2004
Ph.D., Environmental Engineering and Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 1996
M.S., Environmental Science and Engineering, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay 1986
B.S., Civil Engineering, Aligarh Muslim University, India 1984
Stedtfeld RD, Baushke SW, Tourlousse DM, Miller SM, Stedtfeld TM, Gulari E, Tiedje JM, Hashsham SA. Development and experimental validation of a predictive threshold cycle (Ct) equation for quantification of virulence and marker genes using high-throughput nanoliter PCR on Open Arrays, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 74(12): June 2008.
Lansdowne, JL, Sinnott, MT, Dejardin, LM, Ting, D, Haut, RC. Comprehensive evaluation of interlocking nail systems in torsion and bending: In vitro mechanical comparison of screwed, bolted and novel constructs. J. Veterinary Surgery 36:368-377, 2007.
Goett, SD, Sinnott, MT, Ting, D, Basinger, RR, Haut, RC, Dejardin, L. Mechanical evaluation of an interlocking nail locked with either conventional bolts or extended bolts connected with a type-1A external skeletal fixator in a tibia fracture model. J. Veterinary Surgery 36(3):279-286, 2007
DeJardin, LM, Lansdown, JL, Sinnott, MT, Sidebotham, C, Haut, RC. In vitro mechanical evaluation of torsional loading in simulated canine tibae for a novel hourglass-shaped interlocking nail with a self-tapping tapered locking design. Amer. J. Vet. Research. 67(4):678-685, 2006.