Environmental Toxicology

Douglas Wolf

Douglas Wolf, Graduate Student
UCR Phone:
Email: dwolf003@ucr.edu
UCR Major Professor: Jay Gan
Degree Program: PhD

Douglas Wolf

BS, University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Environmental, Soil, and Water Science

Research Focus

My research interests are focused towards soil and water remediation of inorganic and organic contaminant pollution. Specifically, I will be investigating the suitability and interaction of numerous synthetic and biological surfactants on the bioavailability of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, specifically pyrene. After determining the most suitable surfactant application, I intend to investigate the rhizosphere interaction of different plant species with and without inoculation of a pyrene-degrading bacterium, such as Mycobacterium vanbaalenii PYR-1, on the biodegradation of soil contaminated with pyrene. A third study will consist of the best plant-microbe combination and be conducted to assess toxicity levels during the pyrene remediation. The ultimate goal of this proposed research is to enhance remediation of PAH-contaminated soils to reduce human health risks and protect the environment by developing economically-viable methods that can be implemented in a wide range of environments.



  • Nayak, R., Arce, J., Deck, J. Wolf, D., Thaker, R., Sanad, Y., Foley, S., Clotilde, L., Stefanova, R., and K. Musser. 2014. Genetic characterization of shiga-toxin genes and plasmids from non O157:H7 shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli from humans, foods, and cattle. Fourth Annual FDA Foods and Veterinary Medicine and Research Conference. White Oak, MD.

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