Romy Chakraborty in her research lab

Announced today by Susan Hubbard, ALD for the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area (EESA), Romy Chakraborty will assume the role of the Department Head for Ecology, effective February 1, 2017.

Romy received her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley in Microbiology, and has a strong background in anaerobic microbial physiology and microbial ecology. She has been very active in using new approaches to identify novel microbes and microbial function in subsurface, rhizosphere and plants. Romy has developed critical insights into the contribution of microbes to a variety of challenges, including environmental remediation, bioenergy, carbon cycling, and agriculture. She is involved in the ENIGMA and Watershed Function SFA projects, and is the Berkeley Lab PI on the ARPA-E Methylase Project. Romy was very involved in the Deepwater Horizon scientific investigations and is a lead of Berkeley Lab’s urban agriculture research direction.

“I’m confident she will do a great job of leading the continued evolution of the Ecology Department as well as contributing to the directions of EESA and the associated Divisions,” says Hubbard.

Great thanks go out to Gary Andersen who has led the Ecology Department since 2011.