PhD Research - Allison Horst


The rapid synthesis of engineered nanoparticles and their incorporation into consumer products ensures that nanoparticles will be released into the environment, where they will interact with organisms, including bacteria. Allison studies the effects and interactions between engineered nanoparticles, specifically titanium dioxide, and environmental bacteria. Her research includes collecting growth data for bacteria exposed to nanoparticles, determining the mode of action by which nanoparticles intoxicate bacteria, and studying how association of nanoparticles with bacteria can alter the physical state of nanoparticles in aqueous media. Her PhD committee is led by her advisors Drs. Patricia A. Holden, Galen D. Stucky, and Jeff Dozier.

Employment Upon Graduation: Lecturer, University of California, Santa Barbara - Bren School of Environmental Science & Management

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