Syed A. Hashsham

Phone: (517) 355 8241
Fax: (517) 355 0250

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Civil & Environmental Engineering

Center for Microbial Ecology

Mailing Address:

A126 Engineering Research Complex
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824


I. Parallel Microbial Detection and Environmental Genomics

Detection of many pathogenic and non-pathogenic microorganisms in parallel by using their signature oligonucleotide sequences on in situ synthesized biochips is one of the main areas of research. Several projects including one from the National Institutes of Health are focusing on this aspect. More...

Whole genome arrays for organisms important to biodegradation of pollutants, e.g., Burkholderia xenovorans LB400 for PCBs degradation and Desulfitobacterium for TCE degradation is another area of research. More...

We are also interested in developing gene sequence databases for selected applications, e.g., Virulence Factors Activity Relationships (VFAR) database, Antibiotic Resistance genes (AR) databases. More...

II. Environmental Biotechnology

Projects in this area include i) a field scale bioreactor landfill cell funded by the Environmental Research and Education Foundation, Department of Energy, and Waste Management, Inc. ii) a pilot scale fluidized bed reactor for struvite recovery from manure funded by the National Center for Manure Management, and iii) anaerobic reactor ecology.

The bioreactor landfill is one of the most instrumented landfills with possibility to analyze moisture, temperature, gas, and leachate within the cell. It is located in Harrison, MI and is expected to yield design considerations for bioreactor landfills for cold climates. Similarly, recovery of struvite may help alleviate the concern with phosphorus at concentrated animal feeding operations (CAFO). Anaerobic biotechnology plays a part in both. More...

III. Mathematical Modeling of Molecular Data

One of the key interests of our team is developing quantitative models for molecular data. For example, the relationship between perturbation (stress) and response (strain) for biological systems can be quantified as a ratio (modulus) akin to practiced for many physical and chemical systems. More...


I.  Courses

Three major courses of interest to me are: Biological Processes in Environmental Engineering (ENE804), Microbiology for Environmental Health Engineering (CE487), and Laboratory Feasibility Studies for Environmental Remediation (ENE806). CE487 and ENE806 are taught during Spring semester and ENE804 is taught during Fall semester.

II. Molecular Biology Explorer for Engineers

Teaching molecular biology to environmental engineering students is a necessity now because of their role in managing drinking water, wastewater, and groundwater resources using molecular tools. A learner’s module is being developed to help in this process with funding from Lilly Teaching Fellowship and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. More..