Denise M. Akob

Denise M. Akob

USGS

Dr. Denise M. Akob is a microbial ecologist and biogeochemist whose research aims to understand interactions between microbes and their environment in order to solve anthropogenic issues. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biogeochemical Oceanography from the Florida State University in 2008 then was a Marie-Curie postdoctoral research fellow at the Friedrich Schiller University Jena from 2008-2012. Akob joined the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in 2012 as the head of the Reston Microbiology Laboratory.

She has published over 40 papers on uranium bioremediation, microbe-metal interactions, subsurface biodiversity, acetylenotrophy, and environmental effects of oil and gas development. Akob is an Associate Editor for Biogeosciences and serves on the Editorial Board of Applied and Environmental Microbiology and FEMS Microbiology Ecology. In addition, she is the Councilor of the Washington, D.C. Branch of ASM, and Vice-Chair of the 2021 Applied and Environmental Microbiology Gordon Research Conference. She received a USGS Early Career Leadership Award in 2017 for her outstanding service and scientific achievements in representing the agency.

Akob co-leads the USGS Environmental Health Energy Integrated Science Team Project, which aims to understand the environmental health impacts associated with the lifecycle of energy resource development.