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Terry Hazen, Ph.D.

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


  • Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology


  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville


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.

Relevant Publications:

Lin, L.-H., Wang, P.-L., Rumble, D., Lippmann-Pipke, J., Boice, E., Pratt, L. M., … Onstott, T. C. (2006). Long-Term Sustainability of a High-Energy, Low-Diversity Crustal Biome. Science, 314(5798), 479–482.

Beazley, M. J., Martinez, R. J., Rajan, S., Powell, J., Piceno, Y. M., Tom, L. M., … Sobecky, P. A. (2012). Microbial Community Analysis of a Coastal Salt Marsh Affected by the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. PLoS ONE, 7(7), e41305.

King, G. M., Kostka, J. E., Hazen, T. C., & Sobecky, P. A. (2015). Microbial Responses to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: From Coastal Wetlands to the Deep Sea. Annual Review of Marine Science, 7(1), 377–401. 

Dubinsky, E. A., Conrad, M. E., Chakraborty, R., Bill, M., Borglin, S. E., Hollibaugh, J. T., … Andersen, G. L. (2013). Succession of Hydrocarbon-Degrading Bacteria in the Aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Environmental Science & Technology, 47(19), 10860–10867. 

Wu, C. H., Sercu, B., Van De Werfhorst, L. C., Wong, J., DeSantis, T. Z., Brodie, E. L., … Andersen, G. L. (2010). Characterization of Coastal Urban Watershed Bacterial Communities Leads to Alternative Community-Based Indicators. PLoS ONE, 5(6), e11285.

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