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Claudia K. Gunsch

Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Civil and Environmental Engineering

Research Interests


Identifying genetic adaptation mechanisms resulting from anthropogenic contaminant exposure; developing biosensors capable of pathogen and contaminant detection in water and air; studying the impact of emerging contaminants on aquatic microbial ecology; and the development of novel techniques for controlling pathogen proliferation

Selected Grants


NSF Engineering Research Center for Precision Microbiome Engineering (PreMiEr)

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2022 - 2027

University Training Program in Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 1994 - 2027

Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2019 - 2024

Duke University Program in Environmental Health

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2019 - 2024

Convergence RAISE: Harnessing Extracellular Vesicle Mediated Interkingdom Communication

ResearchInvestigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2019 - 2023

NSF Engineering Research Center for Precision Microbiome Engineering (PreMiEr)

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2022 - 2027

University Training Program in Biomolecular and Tissue Engineering

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 1994 - 2027

Molecular Mycology and Pathogenesis Training Program

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2019 - 2024

Duke University Program in Environmental Health

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Institutes of Health · 2019 - 2024

Convergence RAISE: Harnessing Extracellular Vesicle Mediated Interkingdom Communication

ResearchInvestigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2019 - 2023

COVID Sampler: a wastewater collection technology optimized for pathogen surveillance at the building scale

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by North Carolina Biotechnology Center · 2021 - 2022

Planning Grant: Engineering Research Center for Precision Microbiome Engineering (PreMiEr)

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2018 - 2021

NRT: Integrative Bioinformatics for Investigating and Engineering Microbiomes (IBIEM)

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2015 - 2021

Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology

ResearchInvestigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2008 - 2021

Chemical evolution and plant-microbe degradation of petroleum in saline marsh plants and soils

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Tulane University · 2016 - 2019

Cooperative Program in Nanomaterials Hazard and Exposure Assessment Traineeships (NanoHEAT)

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by Environmental Protection Agency · 2015 - 2018

Investigating the Role of Genetically Modified Crop Transgenes in the Proliferation of Antibiotic Resistance in the Environment

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2014 - 2018

REU Site: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2014 - 2018

Exploring The Interface Between Genomics, Transcriptomics and Metabolomics for Environmental, Agricultural and Health Applications

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Research Triangle Institute International · 2015 - 2016

REU: Research Experience for Undergraudates on Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology

Inst. Training Prgm or CMEMentor · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2010 - 2014

CAREER: Genetic Adaptation in Soils Resulting from Microbial Exposure to Anthropogenic Contaminants

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2009 - 2014

Fate of Biosolid Derived Organic Contaminants in Soils and Effects on Soil Microbial Communities

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by National Science Foundation · 2009 - 2013

To Support the WERC Design Contest

Institutional SupportPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Lord Foundation of North Carolina · 2007 - 2012

Studying Exposure to Biological Indoor Air Contaminants in North Carolina: An Interactive Research Project for Undergraduate Environmental Engineering Students

Institutional SupportPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Lord Foundation of North Carolina · 2006 - 2007

External Relationships


  • Association for Environmental Engineering and Science Professors
  • Elsevier Inc.
  • Hong Kong Grant Research Council
  • National University of Singapore

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