Your browser is unsupported

We recommend using the latest version of IE11, Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

Our research interests are in microbial ecology, diversity, community structure and interactions in aquatic, natural, engineered, and urban environments. We explore genes and gene expression of microbial communities in the open ocean, freshwater lakes and rivers, and wastewater. Our work has implications for both ecosystem and public health.

Come join us!

We are always looking for good graduate students and postdocs. Please contact us if you are interested in microbial ecology, molecular ecology, wastewater surveillance, or bioinformatics! Graduate students typically enroll through the UIC Department of Biological Sciences. More information about our graduate program can be found here.


Potential MS and PhD students are encouraged to contact Dr. Poretsky to discuss opportunities in the lab.


Undergraduate research opportunities are often available. Please apply through the UIC Undergraduate Research Experience website.