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Jayde Aufrecht

Cross-Cutting Energy Sciences


Supervising Faculty: Scott Retterer

Jayde became interested in Environmental and Climate science while working as a trip coordinator for her Outdoor Recreation Center as an undergraduate. She began her research career in Dr. Rizia Bardhan’s nanomaterial laboratory at Vanderbilt University and had the opportunity to work on a variety of projects spanning the fields of material science, renewable energy, and nanomedicine. This summer, Jayde will be starting the Bredesen program with an internship in Dr. Frank Löffler’s laboratory. She hopes to work with a strain of microbial organisms that consume dichloromethane, a groundwater contaminant. In her free time, Jayde enjoys trail running, rock climbing, gardening, and sewing.


Using “Lab-on-a-chip” technology to study the physical interactions between beneficial bacteria and plant roots with applications in food security and climate change adaptation.  


Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Vanderbilt University 

Awards and Recognitions

  • National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow


Google Scholar Profile: Jayde Aufrecht

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