|Professor Ben Okeke is a Distinguished Research Professor, Industrial and Environmental Microbiology, in the Department of Biology. His research interests include: biofuel, biosensors, bioremediation, effects of pollutants on microbial communities, indicators of microbiological safety of water and food, microbial enzymes and genetic engineering. He teaches industrial microbiology, environmental microbiology, general microbiology and principles of biology. Dr. Okeke did postdoctoral work at the University of California, Riverside: June 2000 to August 2005, Gifu University, Japan: October 1998 to June 2000, and International Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology, Trieste, Italy: April 1996 to October 1998. Professor Okeke has 60 peer reviewed journal articles, two US patents, numerous conference abstracts, several competitive research grants and two US patents. He received a million dollar grant for research on fuel ethanol from biomass. Dr. Okeke is the Director of the Bioprocessing and Biofuel Research Lab (BBRL).