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Kathleen “Katie” S. Fitzgerald

Environmental and Climate Sciences


Supervising Faculty: Dr. Terry C. Hazen 

Born and raised in Murfreesboro, Tenn., Katie traveled east to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. As an undergraduate, she participated in research with an emphasis on bioremediation, enhanced oil recovery and microbial ecology within the marine environment. She loved working in this field and realized pursuing a doctorate was the best way to continue her passion for research in bioremediation. The Bredesen Center offered an interdisciplinary approach to this topic with a focus on the energy industry – her preferred path for the future. Her current research revolves around developing a greater understanding of the molecular pathways involved in bioremediation and how this research can lead to knowledge about the biogeochemistry of the environment.


Bachelor of Science in Microbiology and Minor in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee (2015) – Magna Cum Laude

Awards and Recognitions

Best Poster. ORISE 2015 Summer Student Poster August 6, 2015

Honorable Mention Poster in the College of Arts and Sciences. Exhibition of Undergraduate Research and Creative Achievement (EUReCA). University of Tennessee, Knoxville. April 14, 2015


Google Scholar Profile: Katie Fitzgerald

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