Nerenberg Lab Group Reunion!

Many of former and current members of the group gathered at Cloud’s Walking Cafe in South Bend to chat and enjoy a warm coffee. We caught up on each other’s lives, chatted about what’s next, and laughed over some hilarious lab memories!

It was truly special to see multiple generations of the ‘Nerenberg Lab’ come together in one place!

We are the Fighting Irish!

One of our projects was selected by the NBC group “What Would You Fight For?” and they came to film our group in action!

The video was shown on the field during the game day of Notre Dame Vs. Ireland

Here are some behind the scene pictures!!

Click here to enjoy the video!

Biofilm Course 2023

We hosted our second Biofilm Course this past July 16-20!

Many participants attended, both from the US and even from abroad!

We went over biofilm microprofilling, from building microsensors to making some oxygen profiles. Also learnt about Biofilm modeling with AQUASIM and COMSOL and went over different types of biofilm reactors and how/when to use each of them. Biofilm imaging was also part of the course, including Confocal and EPI microscopes, and Optical Coherence Tomography.

We had wonderful lecturers: Christian Picioreanu, Erika Espinoa-Ortiz, Caitlin Proctor, Sara Cole, Ignacio Vargas, Marcerlo Aybar, Bumkyu Kim, and Rob Nerenberg.

Thank you all for coming!

2023 AEESP distinguished lecturer at Notre Dame

This past March 31th, we hosted the AEESP event with lots of attendees! We had oral presentations from wonderful speakers from Northwestern University, University of Notre Dame, Illinois Institute of Technology and Purdue University.

The distinguished lecturer was Dr. Cliff Davidson from Syracuse University, presenting “The Green Roof as a Complex System”.

Finally, we had an outstanding poster session.

Thank you all for coming!

Emily and Prof. Nerenberg presented at the IWA – Biofilms conference 2022 in Thailand!

The IWA – Biofilms 2022 was held in Phuket, Thailand on 6-8 December 2022, and topics included methods for biofilm characterizations, cell-cell communication, interactions with microplastics and nanoparticles and many others.

Rob was one of the Keynote speakers!

Emily presented two different research projects, one related to temperature effects on MABR reactors and the other about competition between suspended and biofilm bacteria in drinking water.

Erika is visiting our lab for an entire semester!

Erika Espinosa-Ortiz is an Assistant Research Professor working at the Center for Biofilm Engineering (CBE) at Montana State University. She won the NSF EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement (RII) award to join our lab for a semester!

Erika’s work focuses on the use of engineered multi-domain biofilms for water, wastewater and soil remediation. In our group, she will be working with MABRs and microsensors, as well as fungal biofilms characterization.

Welcome Erika!!

Yanina spent two months in Ireland doing research at Trinity College Dublin!

As part of a collaborative research between Dr. Nerenberg, Dr. Cerrone (ND, CEEES) and Dr. Martins (TCD, Microbiology), Yanina traveled to Dublin to get trained on several methodologies to study bacterial efflux systems when subjected to low frequency ultrasound. She spent two months at the Antimicrobial Resistant and Host Modulation Laboratory, led by Dr. Martins.

Yanina received funds from the Graduate Student Professional Development Awards (GSPDA) and from the Eck Institute for Global Health (EIGH)!

Dr. Martins research group

Emily is at a GRC Conference!

Emily presented a poster at the Gordon Research Conference on the Microbiome of the Built Environment, held in New Hampshire this week (June 19-24, 2022). The conference is about microbes at the Interface of water, air and human health in built environments. Emily presented her work on modeling water age in a premise plumbing system.

Great job, Emily!

New MS Student!

Isaiah is joining our lab this fall 2022!

He is currently finishing is undergraduate degree at the University of Notre Dame and has been doing research with us for the past two years. Welcome back Isaiah!