University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT
The team consists of PhD Student Ruby Diaz, Dr. Ramesh Goel (PI) and Dr. Bryn Dentinger (Co-PI).
EPA P3 Video Presentation
The main goal for this project is to break the carbon-fluorine bonds present in PFAS compounds by using a combination of fungi and/or bacteria. Some bacteria and fungi are known to produce powerful enzymes capable of biodegrading xenobiotic compounds.
The proposed research includes the development of an in-situ bioremediation technology that can be implemented to breakdown the PFASs contaminants present in soils and groundwater systems. The development of this technology includes co-cultivation, directed evolution, enzyme optimization, gene expression and genetic engineering.