EBI Personnel Directory Lucas, Lauren
MEHR -- Microbially Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery -- involves a broad diversity of metabolic processes that act either individually or cooperatively to improve hydrocarbon production and energy yields, and reduce the environmental footprint. An in-depth understanding of these metabolic processes and the controlling parameters comes from focused interdisciplinary research into model organisms or communities known to perform the relevant functions.
Systems Biology: This work involves a variety of metabolomic, transcriptomic, proteomic, genomic, and biogeochemical approaches. A focused aspect of these studies is the development of model organisms or microbial assemblies from members of relevant Petroleum Reservoir microbial populations that have been enhanced in specific functional processes(e.g. biosurfactant production, hydrocarbon biotransformation, hydrocarbon viscosity reduction, biosouring control). Overall these studies provide a basic understanding of the microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and biogeochemistry involved in MEHR relevant metabolic processes and will potentially result in the development of novel strategies to control biosouring, enhance hydrocarbon recovery, and reduce the environmental footprint of oil reservoir processes.