Office: 220 Cobleigh
Specialty: Wastewater treatment processes

Professional Preparation

  • Ph.D. – Chemical Engineering  2011
    Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR     
    Dissertation: Inhibition, gene expression, and modeling of ammonia oxidation in biofilms ofNitrosomonas europaea
  • B. S. – Chemical and Biological Engineering  2005
    Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

Current Research Areas

  • Biofilms in wastewater treatment and biological nitrogen removal
  • Impact of emerging contaminants on wastewater treatment processes
  • Fundamentals and applications of microbially induced mineral formation
  • Reactive transport in biofilm systems


  • American Geophysical Union
  • American Chemical Society
  • Tau Beta Pi – Engineering Honor Society inducted 2005 (as Ellen Swogger)


Courses, Grants, Outreach

Lauchnor CV


 Biofilm related publications searchable via the CBE Publications Database

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