Professor, Eveleigh and Fenton Chair in Applied Microbiology
Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences
New Brunswick Campus
Mold, black mold, toxic mold in homes, evaluation of mold in houses and the concerns (or lack thereof) regarding the presence of mold; routine presence, toxic forms, allergenic responses
Douglas Eveleigh holds the Douglas and Linda Eveleigh and Dennis and Linda Fenton Chair in Applied Microbiology, endowed in his honor in 2002 by his former student Dennis Fenton.
Professor Eveleigh's studies range from fundamental basics to real-life practical applicationsócovering such topics as the composition of fungal walls to figuring out how to recycle agricultural wastes for the production of gasohol. Highlights of his research career include his discovery in the early 1970s of a microbial enzyme, chitosanase, which enables plants to resist fungal diseases. Other enzymes Dr. Eveleigh has studied include those from high-temperature microbes in compost and in boiling ocean vents.
Sharing his knowledge of applied microbiology with policymakers, Dr. Eveleigh has served as a consultant in Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology with the National Science Foundation, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization. He has also served on the boards of several national committees, including the United States Environmental Protection Agency's Biotechnology Board and the United States Department of Energy's Genome Selection Group.
Dr. Eveleigh teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in general microbiology, microbial technology, microbial ecology, microbial biochemistry and industrial microbiology. He also teaches courses for non-scientists, including a course called "Magnificent Microbes" and a short course, "Microbiology for the Non-Scientist."
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