Dr. Fernando Solís-Domínguez, former University of Arizona Superfund Research Program (UA SRP) post-doctoral fellow, is working as a research professor in the Department of Engineering (Bioengineering) at the Universidad Autónoma de Baja California. His research will focus on the study of secondary metabolite production by microorganisms that live in extreme environments, for use in industrial applications.
As a post-doctoral fellow, Dr. Solís-Domínguez worked with UA SRP investigator Dr. Raina Maier to study the revegetation of mine tailings in the Southwestern US. He conducted experiments under greenhouse and laboratory conditions looking for plants adapted to extreme environments, and characterized the effects of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi on improvement of plant growth in mine tailings (click here for publication). Results from his studies have been implemented in phytostabilization field trials at the Iron King Mine and Humboldt Smelter Superfund site in Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona.
Congratulations, Dr. Solís-Domínguez - we wish you success in your new position!