Archived News

  • September 2017: Prof. Aristilde had an invited talk at the University of Delaware’s Department of Plant and Soil Sciences: Nanoscale to Molecular Probing of Organic Nutrient Fluxes–from Soil Nanopore Trapping to Microbial Cellular Metabolism.
  • September 2017: Our recent published study on the metabolic effects of the herbicide glyphosate on soil Pseudomonas species was featured by the Cornell Chronicle: Beneficial Soil Bacteria Face a Weed-Killing Threat from Above .
  • September 2017: Just accepted manuscript in Microbiology
  • August 2017: Anne Werner joins the lab as our newest undergraduate researcher. Welcome Annie!
  • August 2017: Recent NSF award of INFEWS project by Dr Aristilde was highlighted by the Cornell Chronicle Study to Explore How Phosphorus Cycles Through the Environment and CALS News Cornell CALS Study Looks to Understand How Phosphorus Behaves in the Environment.
  • August 2017: Sean Murphy joins the lab as our newest rotation student from the Microbiology Graduate Field. Welcome Sean!
  • August 2017: Prof. Aristilde presented Iron-Dependent Cellular Programming of Mixed-Carbon Utilization, Carbon Metabolism, and Siderophore Yield in a Soil Bacterium (Ludmilla Aristilde, Hua Wei, Matthew A. Kukurugya, Caroll Mendonca) at the Goldschmidt2017 Conference, August 2017, Paris, France.
  • August 2017: Prof. Aristilde presented Sugar-Influenced Diffusion and Interaction Dynamics at the Fluid-Mineral Interface in Clay Nanopores: Computational and Spectroscopic Investigations (Sabrina Kelch, Stephen Galdi, Ludmilla Aristilde) at the Goldschmidt2017 Conference in Paris, France.
  • August 2017: Prof. Aristilde presented Clay Nanopore Trapping of Structurally-Different Fluoroquinolone Antimicrobials: Adsorbate Conformations and Interactions (Fanny E. Okaikue-Woodi, Sabrina Kelch, Ludmilla Aristilde) at the Goldschmidt2017 Conference in Paris, France.
  • July 2017: Dr. Aristilde and collaborator Dr. Jaisi (U. of Delaware) were awarded a new grant from the National Science Foundation: INFEWS N/P/H2O: Supramolecular Recognition in the Biocatalytic Transformation of Organic Phosphorus-Containing Environmental Matrices.
  • July 2017: Prof. Aristilde presented at the ASABE meeting in the Session Nutrient Transport and Cycling: A Metabolomics-Based Approach for Molecular-Scale Tracking of Organic Nutrients in Aquatic Systems.
  • July 2017: Graduate student Rebecca Wilkes presented at the ASABE meeting in the Session Processing Systems: Novel Metabolic Routes for Mixed-Sugar Metabolism in Pseudomonas protegens and Implications for Biotechnology.
  • July 2017: Graduate student Sabrina Kelch presented at the ASABE meeting in the Session Innovative hydrology and water quality monitoring : Nanoscale Dynamics of Water Retention in Organo-Mineral Matrices Revealed by X-ray Diffraction.
  • July 2017: Prof. Aristilde presented at the ASABE meeting in the Session Biochemical Conversion and Bioprocess Modeling: Disconnected Metabolic Pathways in the Conversion of Sugar Mixtures towards Biofuel Precursors in Clostridial Species.
  • June 2017: Graduate student Sabrina Kelch was awarded a Chateaubriand Fellowship in Science, Technology, Math, and Health. The fellowship awarded to doctoral students by the French Embassy in the U.S. is aimed at reinforcing collaborative projects between French and American colleagues. Congratulations Sabrina!
  • June 2017: Dr Aristilde presented at the Institut des Géosciences et de l’Environnement of the Université Grenoble-Alpes in Grenoble, France: New metabolomics-based methods to track the fate of organic carbons: from plant and microbes to soils and waters.
  • June 2017: Just accepted manuscript in Organic Geochemistry.
  • June 2017: Collaborative proposal on understanding plant-biotic interactions to promote crop productivity in marginal lands was granted an Academic Venture Fund from the Atkinson Center for Sustainable Future award . See announcement of all of this year’s Academic Venture Fund awards in the Cornell Chronicle.
  • June 2017: Just accepted manuscript in Frontiers in Environmental Science.
  • May 2017: Just accepted manuscript in Environmental Chemistry Letters.
  • May 2017: Julie Wushensky was chosen as the Master of Engineering Degree Marshall by the College of Engineering for Graduation Commencement. Congratulations Julie!
  • May 2017: Cornell Chronicle highlights our recent research on how sugars trap water molecules in mineral nanopores: “Sweet compounds aid water retention in dry soil”.
  • April 2017: Just accepted manuscript in Journal of Applied Microbiology.
  • April 2017: Dr. Aristilde joins the Editorial Board (Associate Editor) of Agroecology and Land Use Systems (specialty section of Frontiers in Environmental Science, Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution and Frontiers in Plant Science)
  • March 2017: Cornell Chronicle highlights this year’s NSF CAREER award winners, including Prof. Ludmilla Aristilde, at Cornell: “Seven assistant professors win NSF early-career awards”.
  • March 2017: Sabrina Kelch and Prof. Aristilde were awarded IGERT Travel Awards to go to Grenoble, France to work on collaborative research at the Université Grenoble-Alpes.
  • March 2017: Zoe Maisel, an undergraduate researcher in our group, was highlighted in the Cornell Chronicle as one of the team leaders in the AguaClara Program founded and directed by Prof. Monroe Weber-Shirk: “‘Servant-leader’ role suits Weber-Shirk, AguaClara program”. Congratulations to Prof. Weber-Shirk and his team of dedicated students working to bring clean water to thousands in Honduras!
  • March 2017: Just accepted manuscript in Advances in Water Resources.
  • March 2017: Our department is ranked #4 for best graduate program in Biological/Agricultural Engineering by U.S. News and World Report.
  • March 2017: Fanny won 1st Place Poster under the Environmental Engineering Category at the annual BEE Research Symposium for her research “Clay nanopore trapping of fluoroquinolone antimicrobials depends on compound structure.” Congratulations Fanny!
  • March 2017: Several members of the Aristilde Research Group presented at the annual BEE Research Symposium: Mina, Michael, and Sabrina under Biological Engineering Category; Fanny and Sabrina under the Environmental Engineering category.
  • February 2017: Recent publication by Prof. Aristilde in Microbial Biotechnology featured as “Highlight Article” “Metabolite labelling as a tool to define hierarchies in Clostridium acetobutylicum sugar usage and its relevance for biofuel production”.
  • February 2017: Dr. Krista Barzen-Hanson has joined our group as a postdoctoral associate to work on the response of soil bacterial metabolism to nutrient stresses. Welcome Krista!
  • February 2017: Feature story in Cornell CALS news: Aristilde Earns NSF CAREER Award to Explore Chemical Trapping in the Environment
  • February 2017: Dr Aristilde wins a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER award for her proposal “Metabolomics-Enabled Approaches to Advance Characterization of Organic Matter Trapping in Natural and Engineered Matrices.” Co-funded by Environmental Engineering and Environmental Chemical Sciences
  • February 2017: Just accepted manuscript in Environmental Chemistry Letters.
  • February 2017: Irene Sarri has joined the group as our newest undergraduate researcher. Welcome Irene!
  • January 2017: Research on selective carbon utilization in biofuel production was featured in the Cornell Daily Sun: Why Certain Bacteria Are Not So Efficient at Producing Biofuel
  • January 2017: Mina Sohltalab has joined the group as a research assistant to work on the molecular basis of carbon-cycling enzymes. Welcome Mina!
  • January 2017: Recent publication in Microbial Biotechnology covered by the Cornell Chronicle: Decoded microbial metabolism explains biofuel yield
  • January 2017: Coverage of our collaborative research with the Angenent Group in Tech Beat: Biofuel Production Using Syngas Fermentation
  • December 2016: Dr. Annaleise Klein has joined our group as a postdoctoral associate. Welcome Anna!
  • November 2016: Prof. Aristilde presents at the University of Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland: “Cellular Systems Biology Meets Geomicrobiology: Metabolomics-Based Approaches to Investigate Iron-Limited Microbial Cycling Enzymes at Water-Mineral Interfaces: Implications for Climate Change Impact and Industrial Application”
  • November 2016: Prof. Aristilde talks to undergraduate biology majors at Bard College: “Using Molecular Biology Tools to Understand Molecular Environmental Chemistry: My Interdisciplinary Journey in Academia”
  • November 2016: Prof. Aristilde presents at the Institut des Sciences de la Terre (ISTerre) at the Unversité Grenobles Alpes-France: “Molecular Interactions of Organic Matter and Carbon-Cycling Enzymes at Water-Mineral Interfaces: Implications for Climate Change Impact and Industrial Application”
  • November 2016: Prof. Aristilde talks to undergraduate biology majors at Bard College: “Using Molecular Biology Tools to Understand Molecular Environmental Chemistry: My Interdisciplinary Journey in Academia”
  • October 2016: Article in The Cornell Daily Sun covers our research: Researchers Uncover Sediment Interactions That Filter Toxins in Freshwater.
  • October 2016: Manuscript just accepted for publication in Frontiers in Environmental Science.
  • October 2016: Manuscript just accepted for publication in Microbial Biotechnology.
  • October 2016: We welcome visiting scholar Dr Cloelle Danforth from the Environmental Defense Fund!
  • October 2016: Prof. Aristilde presented on
    “Rewiring of Intracellular Carbon Metabolism in Response to Nutrient Availability” at the National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB) in Madrid, Spain.
  • October 2016: Prof. Aristilde presented on “Trapping of Organic Contaminants in Clay Interlayer Nanopores Investigated through Experimental and Computational Approaches” at Departamento de Quimica Analitica of Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain.
  • September 2016: Research highlighted in the Cornell Chronicle: Sedimental journey: Scientists tackle toxin particle capture.
  • September 2016: Manuscript just accepted for publication in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science.
  • September 2016: Dr. Aristilde presents at the EmCon2016/WioW2016 Conference, Sydney, Australia: ” Beyond Cation Exchange Mechanisms in the Trapping of Antibiotics in Clay Interlayer Nanopores.”
  • September 2016: Dr. Aristilde presents at the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne in Melbourne, Australia: “Rewiring of Cellular Carbon Metabolism in Response to Nutrient Limitation“.
  • September 2016: Dr. Aristilde presents at the Murray-Darling Freshwater Research Centre of La Trobe University in Albury, Australia: “Probing Biochemical Response Dynamics to Nutrient and Contaminant Stresses“.
  • September 2016: Prof. Aristilde presents at the departmental seminar of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell: “A Cellular-Level Understanding of How Microbial Metabolism Controls Mineral and Carbon Cycling.”
  • August 2016: We welcome four new graduate students: Caroll, Julie, Rebecca, Sabrina. Welcome!
  • August 2016: Prof. Aristilde is elected to the Graduate Field of Geological Sciences by the Faculty of the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell
  • August 2016: New EAGER research grant awarded by the National Science Foundation: “A Novel approach for molecular-scale probing of hierarchical organic assemblies at mineral interfaces”.
  • August 2016: New Hatch grant awarded from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture: “Dynamics of Phosphorus-Cycling Enzymes at Aqueous-Mineral Interfaces”.
  • July 2016: Research collaboration with the Angenent Lab featured in Cornell Chronicle article: Biological wizardry ferments carbon monoxide into biofuel.
  • July 2016: Manuscript just accepted for publication in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science.
  • June 2016: Prof. Aristilde gives a talk on “Dissolution of Iron Minerals and Metabolic Hierarchy in Labile Organic Substrate Utilization by Iron-Limited Pseudomonas putida” at the Goldschmidt Conference in Yokohama, Japan. Session 14n: Thurs 9:30 am.
  • June 2016: Research technician Stephen Galdi presents a poster on our work on “Influence of Sugar Molecules on Water Dynamics and Interactions in Clay Nanopores” at the Goldschmidt Conference in Yokohama, Japan. Poster 365, Thurs evening.
  • June 2016: Undergraduate researcher Juan Guzman presents a poster on our work on “ Annotation of Compound-Specific Molecular Structures in Aquatic Natural Organic Matter Using Liquid Chromatography Coupled with Mass Spectrometry” at the Goldschmidt Conference in Yokohama, Japan. Poster 210, Mon evening.
  • June 2016: Dr. Aristilde is an invited speaker at the San Francisco Estuary Institute in Richmond, CA. Talk title: “Metabolomics-Guided Tracking of the Chemical and Biological Journeys of Organic Nutrients and Contaminants“. See Link.
  • June 2016: Sabrina Kelch joins the group as a research technician; Sabrina will start in the fall as a graduate student in the group. Welcome Sabrina!
  • June 2016: Stephen Galdi stays on as a research technician after graduating with a B.S. in Biological and Environmental Engineering.
  • June 2016: Two new undergraduates join the group: Zoe Maisel and Reid Balkind. Welcome Zoe! Welcome Reid!
  • May 2016: Manuscript just accepted for publication in Energy and Environmental Science.
  • May 2016: Five Cornell Professors including Prof. Aristilde present at the Science Cabaret: Where Science and Life Meet in downtown Ithaca. The topic of this month’s Science Cabaret meeting: “A Love Affair with Antibiotics“.
  • May 2016: New PPCW Affinito-Stewart small grant awarded from the President’s Council of Cornell Women to support our research “Annotation of Molecular Structures in Natural Organic Matter”.
  • May 2016: Prof. Aristilde was elected to the Graduate Field of Microbiology.
  • May 2016: Prof. Aristilde speaks at the “Barbara McClintock Panel Discussion:
    Working and Living in Science”, a panel discussion on work-life balance.
  • April 2016: Prof. Aristilde and The Aristilde Research Group are featured by the Cornell Office of the Vice Provost for Research: “Processes We Can’t See in the Environment“. Link to feature story and photos
  • April 2016: Our computational work on “Simulating Carbon-Cycling Enzymes” is highlighted on the Cornell Center for Advanced Computing (CAC) Homepage.” See Cornell CAC Link and Article link
  • April 2016: Juan Guzman and Stephen Galdi were awarded the Guani Undergraduate Scholarship to present their undergraduate research at the upcoming Goldschmidt Conference in Japan in June. This scholarship is provided by Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Congratulations Juan and Stephen!
  • April 2016: Matt Kukurugya spent a week teaching a class of environmental science high-school students on different types of farming practices as part of a collaboration between Cornell graduate students and Ithaca high school teachers.
  • April 2016: Stephen Galdi will be heading to Stanford University in the Fall to pursue graduate study in Civil and Environmental Engineering. Congratulations Stephen!
  • April 2016: Sabrina Kelch will be joining the group this summer to start her graduate study in Soil and Crop Sciences. Sabrina was awarded a IGERT-Biogeochemistry fellowship. Congratulations Sabrina!
  • April 2016: Rebecca Wilkes will be joining the group in the Fall to start her graduate study in Biological and Environmental Engineering. Rebecca was awarded a fellowship from the Cornell Graduate School. Congratulations Rebecca!
  • April 2016: New grant awarded from the New York State Water Resources Institute for our submitted proposal on “Tracking Molecular Transformations of Organic Matter in Water Treatment Processes.”
  • March 2016: Dr Aristilde presented to local farmers on “Assessing the Fate and Effects of Herbicides and Associated Surfactants “. Announcement Link
  • February 2016: Our research is highlighted in the Cornell Chronicle: Antibiotics hide within soil mineral layers“. Link to story
  • February 2016: Matt Kukurugya was awarded a Cross-Scale Biogeochemistry and Climate Small Grant for his project “Elucidating controls in the metabolic network of soil Pseudomonas for soil organic matter modeling”. Congratulations Matt!
  • February 2016: We welcome two new undergraduate researchers in the lab. Welcome Valerie! Welcome Clayton!
  • November 2015: Manuscript just accepted in Journal of Colloid and Interface Science.
  • November 2015: The research activities of the group were highlighted in the latest PeriodiCALS issue: “To assistant professor of biological and environmental engineering Ludmilla Aristilde, soil is a marriage between biology and geology. Governed by the interactions among organic matter, minerals, metals, and microbes, these wedded worlds determine how the soil holds or transforms organic molecules in plant matter, agricultural wastes, and contaminants like herbicides and anti-biotics.” Link
  • November 2015: Matt’s proposed outreach program for GRASSHOPR (GRAduate scHool Outreach PRogram) was selected by local high school teachers. Matt will conduct mini-courses in Environmental Science Classes to increase knowledge awareness on “GMOs, organic farming, and conventional farming.”
  • October 2015: Prof. Aristilde presents at the Microbiology Seminar: “Nutrient-Dependent Programming of Carbon Metabolism in Soil Pseudomonas“. See Program link
  • September 2015: Dr. Aristilde speaks at the 2015 Science Symposium of the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research. See Program link
  • August 2015: Prof. Aristilde in the 2015 Class of Faculty Fellows at the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. See link
  • August 2015: Manuscript just accepted in MicrobiologyOpen.
  • July 2015: Manuscript accepted in Journal of Structural Biology.
  • July 2015: Prof. Aristilde was elected to the Graduated Field of Soil and Crop Sciences Section of the Cornell Integrative School of Plant Science.
  • June 2015: Supercomputing allocations awarded on Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) for “Computational studies of catalytic dynamics in beta-glucosidases in response to changes in aqueous environments”. Time allocated: 480,000 service units (SUs).
  • June 2015: Collaborative Proposal on “Reassessing glyphosate herbicide mobility and impacts in the Northeastern US” funded by the Cornell Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Announcement Link .
  • June 2015: Prof. Aristilde presented at the Liberty Hyde Bailey Lecture: Any Challenge, Any Century at Cornell Reunion 2015 . Presentation title: “The threat of emerging contaminants on healthy waters: The direct and indirect impact of sustaining the human population”.
  • June 2015: Juan Guzman joined the lab as our newest undergraduate researcher. Welcome Juan!
  • May 2015: Thalia Aoki was recognized as one of the 2015 Merrill presidential scholars– Article link. Thalia selected Prof. Aristilde as the “faculty member who has made the most significant contribution to her college experience.” Photo with Cornell President David Skorton.
  • May 2015: Sho Yoshitake completed his undergraduate honors thesis on “Rerouted succinate metabolism in Iron-limited Pseudomonas putida.” Congratulations Sho!
  • May 2015: David Flannelly successfully defended his M.S. thesis on “Toward a Structural Basis for the pH-Dependent Catalytic Activity of Beta-Glucosidases.” Congratulations David!
  • May 2015: Johnny Hyunh completed his M.Eng. presentation on “Oxidation of Dipeptides by Synthetic Manganese Oxides.” Congratulations Johnny!
  • April 2015: Prof. Aristilde presents at the Seminar Series of the Soil and Crop Science Section (Cornell School of Integrative Plant Science): “Investigating the biochemical dynamics of organic matter cycling:
    A metabolomics approach.” See abstract
  • March 2015: Manuscript accepted in Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry
  • March 2015: Matt Kukurugya was awarded a two-year graduate fellowship from the IGERT-Biogeochemistry program. Congratulations Matt!
  • January 2015: Michael Reed joins the group as our newest undergraduate researcher. Welcome Michael!
  • November 2014: Prof. Aristilde will give two talks at the SSSA International Annual Meeting in Long Beach, CA. Symposium: Organic Molecule Interactions with Mineral Surfaces As Key Regulators of Soil Processes: I.
    Invited talk : “Binding of Polar Organic Contaminants at Water-Mineral Interfaces: Experimental and Computational Studies”
    Second talk “Linking Carbon Source-Dependent Metabolism and the Chemical Diversity of Bacterially-Secreted Metal Scavenging Molecules”
  • October 2014: Prof. Aristilde presented at the Department of Bacteriology Distinguished Lectures in Microbiology, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Presentation Title: ”On How Carbon Metabolism Influences Bacterial Secretions of Metal-Scavenging Molecules”
  • September2014: Prof. Aristilde presented at the 17th Meeting of the International Humic Substances Society in Ioannina, Greece. Presentation title: “Characterizing the Chemical Composition of Bacterially-Secreted Organic Matter as a Function of Carbon Sources” Authors: L. Aristilde, S. Sasnow, and H. Wei.
  • August 2014: We welcome three new graduate students to the group (Johnny Huynh, Matt Kukurugya, Ed Park)!
  • August 2014: Sam successfully defended her M.S. thesis. Congratulations Sam!
  • July 2014: Early Career Instrument Award granted from the NSF Directorate of Geosciences.
  • July 2014: Paloma joins the group as our newest undergraduate researcher.
  • June 2014: Rohan joins the group as an undergraduate summer researcher.
  • May 2014: Amy successfully defended her M.S. thesis. Congratulations Amy!
  • April 2014: Prof. Aristilde presents on “Everyday Role of Chemistry in Environmental Science and Engineering” as part of the Apha Chi Sigma Speaker Series.
  • April 2014: Congratulations to Amy and David for being awarded the NSF Graduate Fellowship!
  • March 2014: Hatch Grant awarded from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
  • January 2014: Dr Aristilde is featured on the Cornell College of Engineering Homepage as the latest Faculty Spotlight .
  • January 2014: Eight new undergraduate researchers join the group: Michelle Bowen, Theresa Chu, Kate Duffy, Stephen Galdi, Ed Sharood, Fanny Okaikue-Woodi, Susanna Struckmann, Micaella Zubkov. Welcome!
  • Septemper 2013: Dr. Aristilde featured in Fall periodiCALS magazine as part of the “Detox Duo”.
  • August 2013: Sho Yoshitake joins the lab as our newest undergraduate researcher. Welcome Sho!
  • August 2013: Amy Pochodylo joins the lab as a graduate student in Environmental Toxicology. Welcome Amy!
  • May 2013: We welcome three new undergraduate researchers: Thalia Aoki, Carolyn Strock and Michelle Walther
  • May 2013: Two new articles published in Langmuir and Environ. Toxicol. Chem. (See Publications)
  • March 2013: Research Starter Grant granted from NSF Division of Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
  • January 2013: Rachel Whiteheart joins the lab as our first undergraduate researcher.