We are an interdisciplinary research group trying to address problems pertaining to food, energy, and environment. We utilize fundamental bioprocess engineering and systems biology tools to come up with solutions to these overarching problems of the 21st century.


Biofuel Production from Photosynthetic Organisms
Project 01

Biofuel production from photosynthetic organisms

We are working with several microalgae and cyanobacteria species as feedstock for third-generation biofuel production. Our projects build on understanding the fundamental biochemistry of algal species by coupling with high-throughput "OMICS" characterization tools including next-generation DNA sequencing, metabolomics, and proteomics.

  • Graduate students: Aubrey, Mohsen
  • Most recent publication: Soh, L., Montazeri, M., Haznedaroglu, B.Z., Kelly, C., Peccia, J., Eckelman, M., and Zimmerman, J., 2014. “Evaluating Microalgal Integrated Biorefinery Schemes:  Empirical Controlled Growth Studies and Life Cycle Assessment”, Bioresource Technology, 151, 19-27. [Link to article]
  • Funding: 2013

Water Quality

Surface and groundwater protection from pathogens and hazardous chemicals
Project 02

Sourcewater protection from pathogens and toxic chemicals

Haznedaroglu Lab works on several aspects of surface and groundwater protection from microbial pollution and toxic chemicals. We are working on biological control mechanisms to deal with harmful algal blooms in Great Lakes. We also investigate the fate and transport of important pathogens, such as Salmonella spp. in groundwater settings. Most recently, we are looking at the algae-based bioremediation options for hazardous wastewater.

  • Graduate students: Luke, Xiaoming, Alexia
  • Most recent publication: Beckinghausen, A., Martinez, A., Blersch, D., and Haznedaroglu, B.Z., 2014. “Association of nuisance filamentous algae Cladophora spp. with E. coli and Salmonella in public beach waters: Impacts of UV protection on bacterial survival”, Environmental Science: Processes & Impacts, DOI:10.1039/C3EM00659J [Link to article]
  • Funding: 2013


Ensuring food safety and sustainability
Project 03

Ensuring food safety and sustainability

Under food research theme, we are concerned with both food safety and sustainability. Some of the work focuses on Salmonella's behavior in water-soil column matrix. In other projects, we are investigating the nutritional capacity of algae species as they contain high levels of essential fatty acids, amino acids, and anti-oxidants required for a healthy diet of both humans and animals.

  • Graduate students:
  • Most recent publication:
  • Funding: 2013


Haznedaroglu Lab members
Project 04

Haznedaroglu Lab members

We are always looking for talented and motivated individuals. However, due to high numbers of e-mail inquiries we receive, we may not be able to answer them promptly. If we have a current opening, it will be announced below. Please check back regularly.

  • Undergraduate researcher position: We will have openings under NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program in Summer 2014. Contact us to learn more about the oppurtunity.
  • Graduate researcher position: Not available at this time
  • Postdoctoral researcher position: Not available at this time


Project 05

Haznedaroglu Lab Publications

Please check the link above for full bibliographic information of our publications. Most of the sequencing data published in our papers can be found in NCBI's databases and/or our news & resources page.

News and Resources

Project 06

Group News and Resources

-Welcome to Ruijie Xu and Jenna Swarthout joining Haznedaroglu Lab.

-Alexia Martinez and Xiaoming Ji has succesfully completed their Masters' Projects in December 2013. Congratulations to both!

Visiting us

We are located in Jarvis Hall of University at Buffalo's North Campus. Download the campus map here to assist with your navigation.

Parking and directions

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  • Location: 209 Jarvis Hall, UB North Campus, Buffalo, New York, 14260
  • Email: berathaz@buffalo.edu
  • Phone: 716-645-4010
  • Fax: 716-645-3667