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American Society of Microbiology Selects Laureate for Procter & Gamble Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology

Wednesday, April 26, 2006 8:08 am EDT

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Supported by the Procter & Gamble Company, the Procter & Gamble Award in Applied and Environmental Microbiology is presented to David Stahl, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Adjunct Professor, Department of Microbiology at the University of Washington. Dr. Stahl is honored for his contributions to developing a conceptual framework, based on comparative nucleic acid sequencing, now commonly used to study the abundance, distribution, and activities of microbes in the environment.

Dr. Stahl received his B.S. in Microbiology from the University of Washington in Seattle, and received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Microbiology from the University of Illinois in Urbana. Dr. Stahl went on to complete a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship at the National Jewish Hospital and Research Center in Denver, Colorado.

Dr. Stahl is recognized for pioneering studies documenting the application of DNA probes designed within a phylogenetic framework for characterizing natural microbial populations, estimating their activity, and directing isolation in pure culture. His laboratory continues to work in several areas of applied and basic environmental microbiology, including studies of the ecology of human- and animal-associated microbes, the ecology and evolution of sulfate-reducing and ammonia-oxidizing bacteria, and waste treatment.

Dr. Stahl, a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, received the 1999 Bergey Award and is one of the co-founding editors for the new journal Environmental Microbiology. In addition to serving a 5 year term appointment to the Board of Governors of the American Academy of Microbiology, Dr. Stahl is a board member of the International Society for Microbial Ecology.

Dr. Stahl was nominated by Dr. David C. White, a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, from the University of Tennessee.