Environ. Bio./Chem. Engineer seeks Post-Doc

Nathalie Fortin nfortin at ENGR.UCR.EDU
Mon Dec 14 20:22:17 EST 1998


Environ. Bio./Chem. Engineer


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Nathalie Fortin, Ph.D.	
Environmental Bio/Chemical Engineer
With scientific background in Chemicasl Engineering and
Micrticrobiology/biochemistry
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Personal address:
4858 Palo Verde Ln.
Riverside,CA 92501-USA
Tel: (909) 786 9170

Professional address:
College of Engineering
University of California, Riverside, CA 92521-0425-USA
Tel: (909) 787 2981 ; Fax: (909) 787 3188

E-mail: nfortin at engr.ucr.edu



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OBJECTIVE:

POST-DOCTORAL POSITION IN ENVIRONMENTAL BIOPROCESS ENGINEERING,
to investigate original and funded research and to teach academic
lectures



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RESEARCH INTERESTS:

* Process projects : VOCs "in the field" natural attenuation,
Bio-treatment process for gas and liquid industrial effluents (from
laboratory to full scale), performances, operation, mass transfer
limitation.

* Environmental microbiology projects: Microbial diversity and cummnity
dynamic analysis by mean of molecular tools•

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HIGHLIGHTS of QUALIFICATIONS:

* In-depth knowledge of a variety of techniques related to environmental
biotechnology acquired during more than five years of research, combined
with graduates degrees in chemical engineering and biochemistry.
* Ability to present scientific information in various organized written
or verbal forms.
* Team-conscious scientist abble to efficiently collaborate with other
researchers.
* Manages and prioritizes multiple taks to meet deadlines and project
goals. 


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HIGHLIGHTS of TECHNICAL SKILLS:

* Environmental Engineering: Biotrickling Filtrer, Chemostat,
Bioreactor: Design, Start-up, Steady-state operation, Transient
behavior.

* Environmental Microbiology: Enrichment, Isolation, Pro/Eukaryote
Culture, Metabolism, Resting cells, Microbial rapid detection, Activity
determination, Impedancemetry.

* Ecological Molecular Biology: DNA extraction, Miniprep, PCR,
Denaturating Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE), Clonage, RFLP
analysis, 16Sr DNA.

* Analytical Chemistry: HPLC, GC-FID, GC-TCD, GC-MS, O2 uptake rate.



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RESEARCH in ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE:

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW (Jan. 1997 to present),
UNIVERSITY OF RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA:
* Waste Air Treatment: biotrickling filtration of Methyl Tert-Butyl
Ether vapors. 
* MTBE degrading consortium characterization by means of molecular
tools.
* Two undergraduate students supervision.

RESEARCH FELLOW (1995 to 1996),
UNIVERSITE DE TECHNOLOGIE DE COMPIEGNE, France and 
AES LABORATOIRES, Renne, France.
* Microbial activity detection: CO2 detection by Indirect Impedancemetry
(biodegradation recording in polluted soils samples and heterogeneous
effluents).

RESEARCH FELLOW (1995 to 1996),
UNIVERSITY OF RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA: and 
UNIVERSITE DE TECHNOLOGIE DE COMPIEGNE, France
* Mineralisation of polychlorinated biphenyl congeners (PCBs) by
metabolic pathways complementation and analysis of released metabolites
by pure strains.

RESEARCH FELLOW (1991 to 1993),
UNIVERSITE DE TECHNOLOGIE DE COMPIEGNE, France and 
INSTITUT FRANCAIS DU PETROLE and
GAS DE FRANCE
* Biodegradation of chlorinated aromatic compounds (Chlorobenzoates).
* Biphasic liquid-liquid system development to enhance the kinetics
biodegradation rate of poorly water soluble xenobiotics (such as PAHs).


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EDUCATION:

* Jan. 1996: Ph.D., Chemical and Environmental Bio/Technology U.T.C,
France.
* 1991: M.S., Biochemistry, USTL, Montpellier, France.
* 1989: B.A., Biochemistry, Lancashire polytechnic, Preston, England.



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AFFILIATIONS:

* American Chemical Society 
* American Society of Microbiology



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REFERENCES:

* Available upon request 



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CONFERENCES / POSTER / PROCEEDINGS:

1. Fortin, N.Y., Deshusses, M.A. 1998. Biodegradation of MTBE: Can
microbes live on RFG additives. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting
of the University of California Toxic Substances, Teaching and Research
Program, Berkeley, April 24-25, 1988.
2. Fortin, N.Y., Deshusses, M.A. 1998. Biodegradation of MTBE: Can
microbes live on RFG additives. ACS MTBE ad-hoc Committee, Cal.State
Fullerton, April 21, 1998.
3. Fortin, N.Y., Deshusses, M.A. 1997. Aerobic Biodegradation of MTBE by
Mixed and Pure Microbial Cultures. Presented at the 1997 Annual Meeting
of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, November 19, 1997.
4. Fortin, N.Y., Chang, D.P.Y., Eweis, J.B., Hanson, J.R., Scow, K.M.,
Schroeder, E.D., Deshusses, M.A. 1997. Biodegradation of MTBE: kinetics,
metabolism of degradation by-products. Proceedings  ACS Western Regional
Meeting, October 21-25, Irvine, CA
 
5. Fortin, N.Y., Pauss, A., Lebeault, J.M. 1995 Ventilated indirect
impedancemetry for microbial growth detection. Proceedings of
Biosorption and Bioremediation meeting, Oct  1st - 4th, Praha, Czech
Republic.
 
6. Fortin, N.Y., Ko, S.H., Ory Y., Pauss, A., Lebeault, J.M. 1995.
Indirect Impedancemetry: technique: characteristics and set-up for
aerobic microbial growth recording. Proceedings of Forum for Applied
Biotechnology meeting, Sept. 27th. - 29th, Gent, Belgium.
 
7. Fortin, N.Y., Focht, D.D., Lebeault, J.M. 1994. 4,4’-dichlorobiphenyl
transformation: primary clue to complement in-vivo metabolic pathway
between two Pseudomonas cepacia. Proceedings of European Chemical
Society meeting, Nov.  5th- 12th, Nice, France.
 
8. Fortin, N.Y., Lebeault, J.M. 1994. Biodegradation and bioavailability
of PAH compounds in biphasic liquid-liquid media. Proceedings of
European Chemical Society meeting, Nov.  5th- 12th, Nice, France.



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SCIENTIFIC PUBLICATIONS IN PROGRESS:

1. Fortin, N.Y., Deshusses, M.A. Treatment of MTBE vapors in
biotrickling filter:  Part 1. Reactor startup, steady state performance
and culture characteristics. To be submitted in Environmental Science
and Technology.
2. Fortin, N.Y., Deshusses, M.A Treatment of MTBE vapors in biotrickling
filter:  Part 2. Transient behavior and mass transfer. To be submitted
in Environmental Science and Technology.
3. Fortin, N.Y., Yang C.-H., Crowley D.E. and Deshusses M.D.
Characterization of MTBE and TBA degraders consortia by Denaturatind
Gradient Gel Electrophoresis (DGGE), Restriction Fragment Lenth
Polymorphisms (RFLP) analysis and sequencing of the PCR amplified 16S
and 18S regions of microbial ribosomal DNA. To be submitted in Applied
Environmental Microbiology.
4. Fortin, N.Y., Deshusses, M.A. Methyl tert-Butyl Ether (MTBE)
bio-oxidation: oxygen requirement, metabolite and inhibitor. To be
submitted in Applied Environmental Microbiology.
5. Fortin, N.Y., Paus A. and Lebeault J.M. Indirect  Impedancemetry as
CO2 detector for microbial growth recording. To be submitted in Applied
Microbiology and Biotechnology.
6. Fortin, N.Y., Paus A. and Lebeault J.M. Ventilated Indirect 
Impedeancemetry for microbial detection an growth recording. To be
submitted in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology.



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PROFESSIONAL PUBLICATION (in French):


1. Fortin N.Y. et Nicolas R. 1997. Bioetchnologies et biorehabilitation
aux Etats-Unis. Serie: Les notes du poste d’expansion economique. Eds:
Centre Francais du Commerce Exterieur. Publ du Ministere de l’economie
et des finances, Paris, France. 51 pp.



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