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Terry Hazen

Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology

Terry Hazen is an environmental biologist specializing in bioremediation and bioenergy.

Hazen’s research focuses on how naturally occurring bacteria can sometimes break down and detoxify hazardous materials. He is also working with a team of researchers who have developed a method of using bacteria to help test for the presence of a wide array of pollutants.

Hazen holds a joint appointment with the College of Engineering’s Civil and Environmental Engineering Department and the College of Arts and Sciences’ departments of Microbiology and Earth and Planetary Sciences. He is also director of the Institute for a Secure and Sustainable Environment (ISSE).

Plus, he works closely with the UT-ORNL Joint Institute for Biological Sciences and the Center for Environmental Biotechnology.

Bio Pages

Department of Microbiology

Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences

Genome Science & Technology

Lab Page

Hazen Lab

In the News

September 2015 Hazen Addresses Wastewater Treatment Idea

May 2015 Bacteria the Newest Tool in Detecting Environmental Damage

April 2015 Future of the Gulf five years after oil spill

March 2015 CEE Faculty Members Present at RemTEC 

March 2015 College of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series “Methane: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”

February 2015 Value in student internships at UT-ORNL

December 2013 PBS: Small Is Big, How Bacteria Will Make Our World Cleaner and Healthier

November 2013 Four Faculty Named AAAS Fellows

April 2013 U.S. News and World Report: Study Finds Oil-Eating Bacteria Mitigated Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

March 2013: Terry Hazen’s Big Idea 

UT Mic/Nite

March 2014 How Many Punches Can Mother Nature Take in the Gulf of Mexico: Focus on Deepwater Horizon Spill & Science and the Media


October 2011 from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Terry Hazen

Contact Info


UT 865-974-8080
ORNL 865-576-8085

676 Dabney Hall
Knoxville, TN 37996-1605

507 Science and Engineering Research Facility
Knoxville, TN 37996-1605

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

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