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Terry Hazen

Governor’s Chair for Environmental Biotechnology

Terry Hazen is an environmental biologist specializing in bioremediation and bioenergy.

Hazen’s research focuses on how naturally occurring bacteria can sometimes break down and detoxify hazardous materials. He is also working with a team of researchers who have developed a method of using bacteria to help test for the presence of a wide array of pollutants.

Hazen holds a joint appointment with the Tickle College of Engineering’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Departments of Microbiology as well as Earth and Planetary Sciences.

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UT Knoxville


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In the News

September 2020 Hazen Recognized By ASM for Environmental Research

July 2020 Wastewater Monitoring Plan Could Keep Campus Safe From COVID-19

October 2019 Hazen Lays Foundation for Major Engineering Research Center Focused on Fracking

April 2019 UT Expert Co-Authors Study on Oil Spill Clean Up Safety

February 2019 Terry Hazen: What microbes can do for you

October 2018 UT Researches Effects of Fracking on Water Health

May 2018 UT’s Hazen Teams Up on Water Quality Breakthrough

March 2018 UT Offers Chance for Puerto Rico Students to Continue Work

September 2015 Hazen Addresses Wastewater Treatment Idea

May 2015 Bacteria the Newest Tool in Detecting Environmental Damage

April 2015 Future of the Gulf five years after oil spill

March 2015 CEE Faculty Members Present at RemTEC 

March 2015 College of Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series “Methane: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly”

February 2015 Value in student internships at UT-ORNL

December 2013 PBS: Small Is Big, How Bacteria Will Make Our World Cleaner and Healthier

November 2013 Four Faculty Named AAAS Fellows

April 2013 U.S. News and World Report: Study Finds Oil-Eating Bacteria Mitigated Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill

March 2013: Terry Hazen’s Big Idea 

UT Mic/Nite

March 2014 How Many Punches Can Mother Nature Take in the Gulf of Mexico: Focus on Deepwater Horizon Spill & Science and the Media


October 2011 from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Terry Hazen.

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507 Science and Engineering Research Facility
Knoxville, TN 37996-1605