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Frank Loeffler

Governor’s Chair for Microbiology and Civil and Environmental Engineering

Frank Loeffler is an environmental microbiologist.

Loeffler’s research centers on discovering ways to clean the environment, counter the damage humans do to ecosystems, and improve environmental health.

He studies how naturally occurring bacteria break down pollutants like chlorinated solvents, radioactive wastes, and greenhouse gases.

Bio Pages

Department of Microbiology

Genome Science & Technology

Lab Page

Loeffler Lab

In the News

March 2016 Loeffler, Wilhelm Elected Fellows of American Academy of Microbiology

November 2015 Loeffler Team Publishes in ISME Journal

March 2015 CEE Faculty Members Present at RemTEC

November 2012 UT Study: Unexpected Microbes Fighting Harmful Greenhouse Gas

November 2011 “Junk Food”

March 2011 Journey to the Top 25: Microbe Hunter


November 2009 from Georgia Tech

Frank Loeffler

Contact Info


UT 865-974-4933
ORNL 865-574-7146

706 Science and Engineering Building
1414 Circle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-2000

Oak Ridge National Laboratory
PO Box 2008 MS-6342
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-6342

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