Penn State University, Civil & Environmental Engineering, PhD, 2009
Penn State University, Civil & Environmental Engineering, MS, 2003
University of Cincinnati, Biology, BS, 1998
I am studying the controls on trace anaerobic methane oxidation in methanogens for application in creating a synthetic anaerobic methane oxidizing fermentation strain. Anaerobic methane oxidation can take advantage of natural gas supplies, either subsurface stores or generated from anaerobic degradation of waste, to produce fuels and specialty chemicals without consumption of oxygen. I am researching several avenues to optimize anaerobic methane oxidation, including high-pressure reactors, culturing with other bacterial strains, the use electron acceptors, and heterologous expression of enzymes.
Research Summary Keywords
Anaerobic methane oxidation
High-pressure microbial reactor
LM Steinberg, CH House. (2016) Coupling anaerobic waste treatment with food production in a Closed Ecological Life-Support System (CELSS). Advances in Space Research, (in preparation).
LM Steinberg, M Rhodes, R Kroynak, CH House. (2015) An arsenate-tolerant Halomonas strain capable of growth at wide range of pH and salinity. Astrobiology, (submitted).
LM Steinberg, JM Regan. (2011) Response of lab-scale methanogenic reactors with inoculated from different sources to organic loading rate shocks. Bioresource Technology, 102(19): 8790-8798.
LM Steinberg, JM Regan. (2009) mcr-Targeted real-time quantitative PCR method to examine methanogen communities. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 75(13): 4435-4442.
LM Steinberg, JM Regan. (2008) Phylogenetic characterization of the methanogenic communities from an acidic oligotrophic fen and an anaerobic digester treating municipal wastewater sludge. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 74(21): 6663-6671.
LM Steinberg, JJ Trimble, BE Logan. (2005) Enzymes responsible for chlorate reduction by Pseudomonas sp. are different from those used for perchlorate reduction by Azospira sp. FEMS Microbiology Letters, 247: 153-159.