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Frank Loeffler

Governor’s Chair for Microbiology and Civil and Environmental Engineering

Frank Loeffler is an environmental microbiologist whose research centers on discovering ways to clean the environment, counter the damage humans do to ecosystems, and improve environmental health.

He studies how naturally occurring bacteria break down pollutants like chlorinated solvents, radioactive wastes, and greenhouse gases.

Loeffler also holds an adjunct appointment in the UT Department of Biosystems Engineering and Soil Science at the UT Institute for Agriculture.

He is director of the FEWS Research Network, which identifies transdisciplinary research opportunities for scientists in the US and China working on the sustainable use of natural resources for food, energy, and water systems.

Bio Pages

UT Knoxville


Lab Page

Loeffler Lab

In the News

August 2020 Researchers’ Testing Program Aims to Protect UT from COVID-19

August 2020 UT to Help Merge Global Resources for Urban Sustainability

November 2018 NSF Picks UT-ORNL Governor’s Chair for Biodiversity Project

June 2017 UT-ORNL to Shepherd US-China Transdisciplinary Environmental Research Network

March 2016 Loeffler, Wilhelm Elected Fellows of American Academy of Microbiology

November 2015 Loeffler Team Publishes in ISME Journal

March 2015 CEE Faculty Members Present at RemTEC

November 2012 UT Study: Unexpected Microbes Fighting Harmful Greenhouse Gas

November 2011 “Junk Food”

March 2011 Journey to the Top 25: Microbe Hunter


November 2009 from Georgia Tech

Frank Loeffler

Contact Info


UT 865-974-4933
ORNL 865-574-7146

706 Science and Engineering Building
1414 Circle Drive
Knoxville, TN 37996-2000