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Sebastian Singleton, a first-year Ph.D. student in the Microbiology Department, has been awarded a fellowship in the OSU-PNNL Distinguished Graduate Research Program. Seb’s project, titled "Dining on plastic refuse: Uncovering mechanisms behind microbial degradation of plastics in municipal solid waste environments" aims to culture and identify plastic colonizing microbiota from terrestrial environments, and study their biochemical interactions with plastics with advanced systems biology technology that is available at PNNL. Working with OSU advisors Giovannoni and Sharpton, and co-advisor Rob Egbert from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), Seb’s goal is to understand natural biological processes that result in the removal of polyolefin plastics from landfills, and harness this knowledge to minimize environmental impacts of plastics production.