19 September 2002
Dr. James M. Tiedje is currently a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. He received his Ph.D. at Cornell University in 1968. The research program in his lab focuses on understanding the ecology, physiology and biochemistry of microbial processes important in nature and of value to industry. This includes discovering and understanding bioconversion reactions by anaerobes, especially as it relates to destruction of hazardous wastes; the ecology, physiology and biochemistry of denitrification; and the fate and impact of genetically engineered microbes so that their success or risk in nature can be better predicted.
On September September 19, 2002, Dr. Tiedje came to NIEHS as part of the Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series. After his seminar, Dr. Tiedje was interviewed by the Program Analysis Branch of the Division of Extramural Research and Training. Following are the details of that interview.