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Opportunity at U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center (ECBC)

Molecular Microbiology, Bio-Decontamination, and Wide-Area Decon


Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, & Behavioral Sciences

RO# Location
11.01.04.B7895 Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 210105423


Name E-mail Phone
Rastogi, Vipin K 410 436-4856


The focus of this new program is to apply basic biochemistry and molecular biology knowledge for the development of novel decontamination technologies. Over the years the “Molecular Microbiology and Decontamination Laboratory” within Biosciences Division of R&T Directorate, has been focused on the development of enzyme/catalyst-based decontamination technologies, which are environmentally-safe to use in the event of CW contamination. Since 2005, the laboratory has expanded the scope to developing new technologies for decontamination of building interiors, infrastructure, and environmental surfaces. Contamination of fixed-site assets (in the fall of 2001) posed a daunting challenge of cleanup and restoration for the first responders involved with remediation efforts. In this program, novel approaches and test methodologies will be explored, using non-pathogenic surrogates and simulants, with the ultimate goal of providing the war-fighter and homeland security personnel with expeditious decontamination options. Biological sampling from environmental surfaces and decontamination approaches in the event of a wide-area release and contamination are very critical for rapid recovery and restoration, and are consequently the focus of this program.



Rastogi VK, et al: Applied and Environmental Microbiology 75: 3688, 2009

Rastogi VK, et al: Applied and Environmental Microbiology 76: 3343, 2010


Bio-warfare simulant agents; Bio-decontamination; Test methods; Disinfectant and sporicidal efficacy; Disinfectant resistance; Agent:simulant correlation; Anthrax spores; Vegetative BWA; Molecular detection;


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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