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Dr. Mark Krzmarzick, Ph.D., P.E.

Dr. Mark Kzmarzick


Ph.D., Civil Engineering
University of Minnesota, 2011


M.S., Civil Engineering
University of Minnesota, 2008

B.S., Civil Engineering

Oklahoma State University, 2005

Research Interests 

My research interests are as follows:

1. To further our understanding of the microbial degradation of toxic anthropogenic chemicals by studying parallel natural biogeochemical processes and microbial ecology, 2.  To study the ability of bacteria in ‘natural’ and ‘built’ environments to degrade emerging contamination issues, such as antimicrobials, pharmaceuticals, and oil/gas industry fluids,

3. To develop and utilize DNA/RNA based tools and bioinformatics to study bacterial degradation of both emerging contaminants and legacy pollutants.

Current Research Projects

  • Impact of oil/gas production fluids on soil microbial communities
  • PCB and TCE bioremediation with the co-amendment of natural organochlorines
  • Reduction of 2,4-dinitrophenol and study of nitro-reductase genes in soil bacterial communities.

Awards and Recognition

  • Environmental Protection Agency Science to Achieve Results (EPA-STAR) Fellowship 2008-2011
  • Fellow of the Theoretical and Practical Molecular Approaches for In Situ Biodegradation Course, sponsored by The United States – European Commission Task Force on Biotechnology Research

Professional Memberships

  • American Society for Microbiology (ASM)
  • Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors (AEESP)
  • Water Environment Federation (WEF)
  • Oklahoma Water Environment Association (OWEA)
  • Chi Epsilon Civil Engineering Honor Society
  • Tau Beta Pi National Honor Society

Professional Registrations

Professional Engineer (State of Oklahoma)

Recent Publications

  • Krzmarzick, M. J., and P. J. Novak (2014). Removal of chlorinated organic compounds during wastewater treatment: achievements and limits. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 98:6233-6242.
  • Krzmarzick, M. J., H. Miller, T. Yan, and P. J. Novak. (2014). Novel Firmicutes group implicated in the dechlorination of two chlorinated xanthones, analogues for natural organochlorines. Applied and Environmental Microbiology, 80:1210-1218.
  • McNamara, P. J. and M. J. Krzmarzick. (2013) Triclosan enriches for Dehalococcoides-like Chloroflexi in anaerobic soil at environmentally relevant concentrations. FEMS Microbiology Letters 344:48-52.
  • Krzmarzick, M. J., P. J. McNamara, B. B. Crary, and P. J. Novak. (2013) Abundance and diversity of organohalide-respiring bacteria in lake sediments across a geographical sulfur gradient. FEMS Microbiology Ecology 84:248-258.
  • Krzmarzick, M. J., B. B. Crary, J. J. Harding, O. O. Oyerinde, A. C. Leri, S. C. B. Myneni, and P. J. Novak. (2012) Natural niche for organohalide-respiring Chloroflexi. Applied and Environmental Microbiology 78:393-401.
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