Dr. Krassimira Hristova, assistant professor of biological sciences at Marquette University, was recently named one of the university’s 2013 Way Klingler Young Scholar Award recipients.
Hristova’s work applies emerging trends in molecular and environmental microbiology to help understand and prevent the spread of contaminants. Her recent work focuses on methyl tertiary butyl, a gasoline additive that is one of the leading groundwater contaminants in the country.
“By better understanding the enzyme pathways and genetic regulation of the contaminant biodegradation, we can help develop more efficient bioremediation technologies for the cleanup of gasoline spills,” Hristova said.
Hristova is currently researching the toxic effects of human exposure to metal nano-oxides, with the goal of engineering less toxic nanomaterials that reduce contamination of human cells, in addition to analyzing the spread of antibiotic resistance in the environment by anthropogenic – deriving from human – activities. Both studies have enormous potential to improve the health and safety of people around the world.
Hristova earned master’s and doctoral degrees from Sofia University in Bulgaria.
The Way Klingler Young Scholar Award is a part of the Way Klingler Faculty Development Program, which is intended to advance research and scholarship. This program was made possible through an $18 million donation from Helen Way Klingler in May 2004. Young Scholar Awards support promising young scholars in critical stages of their careers. The award of up to $32,000 is intended to fund $2,000 in operating costs and up to 50 percent of salary to afford the recipient a one-semester sabbatical.