Career Story: Microbiology Researcher At A University

Microbiology Researcher At A University

Job Title: Scholar

Education: Ph.D. in Microbiology

Previous Experience: Associate Professor

Job Tasks: I am doing environmental microbiology research in an environmental genomics research laboratory. My major responsibility is to test the fungi that we collected and select them to see if any of it can degrade cellulose. Try to get the most efficient fungi to degrade straw or waste biomass, to produce sugar and then ferment the sugar into alcohol. It is important for green energy, or bio-regenerable energy.

I also do cyanobacteria research, to collect wildtype cyanobacteria and purify them and preserve them, then try to analyze their usage. I also do some biochemical related research. Such as protein purification etc.

My specialities are molecular biology, biotech, and microbiology. I am doing full time, eight hours a day, five days per week. I may participate in meetings or conferences wherever they are held. When the lab work is accomplished, I have to write a report or a paper. It may be published in a journal. I also write college textbooks, and may use those books to teach in classes.

I have acomplished a project that was using probiotics to treat swine farm malodor, and got a very successful result.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is to invent new techniques or discover some new methods, so I can experience success. Also, The worst part of my job is the time consuming, and I have to be very careful that it does not occupy all of my time.

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