Prof. Terry Hazen


University of Tennesee, Knoxville

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MTV Faculty

Dr. Hazen received his B. S. and M. S. degrees in Interdepartmental Biology from Michigan State University. His Ph.D. is from Wake Forest University in Microbial Ecology. Dr. Hazen was Professor, Chairman of Biology and Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Puerto Rico. He was the Head of the Ecology Department and Center for Environmental Biotechnology, Co-Director of the Virtual Institute for Microbial Stress and Survival, and DOE BER Distinguished Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is currently the UT/ORNL Governor’s Chair Professor at the University of Tennessee in the Departments of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Microbiology, and Earth & Planetary Sciences and Biosciences Division at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is also director of the Institute for Secure and Sustainable Environments. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and has authored more than 347 scientific publications. He also has received 2 R&D100 awards and the Federal Technology Transfer Medal. He has supervised 33 graduate theses to completion with 10 in progress, 22 post-doctoral fellows, and 9 visiting professors. He has also supervised >200 undergraduate students in research. His research group has received extreme recognition for their work on the Deep Water Horizon Oil Spill. His research is focused on Environmental Systems Engineering as it relates to bioenergy, bioremediation, climate change, and environmental biotechnology.