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Calgary Branch Luncheon: Application of DNA Sequencing Technology in the Oil and Gas Industry

11:15 am - 1:00 pm

Register by November 17, 2019

Microbial activity in petroleum systems presents both challenges and opportunities. Negative consequences can include challenges like reservoir souring and corrosion or biogenic gas emissions from tailings ponds. However, microbiological success stories can also be found, including problem-solving applications such as bioremediation of tailings ponds, oil spills, or reservoir souring, as well as new opportunities such as enhanced oil recovery or bioprospecting in oil and gas exploration.

For the petroleum industry, the naturally-occurring microbial processes in upstream and downstream operations can be exploited or impeded for improved returns. This requires a closer examination of the microbes in petroleum environments. In recent years, strategies for studying these microbes have transitioned towards DNA sequencing, a rapid and highly-sensitive technique that generates massive amounts of data and results in an increased understanding of the complexities of microbial community dynamics within these environments.

The Geomicrobiology Group at the University of Calgary is using DNA sequencing to pioneer new understanding of the microbiome of these petroleum systems. This presentation will include examples related to tailings pond reclamation and management, oil spill bioremediation, microbiological oil exploration, and biotechnology for lowering the steam-to-oil ratio during SAGD.

About the Presenter

carmen liCarmen Li received a masters of science in Environmental Microbiology and Biotechnology in 2010 from the University of Alberta. Carmen continued working in the same research group, led by Professor Julia Foght, for several years applying molecular microbiology methods to reclamation and bioremediation of oil sands tailings ponds by stimulating the activity of in-situ microbial communities to accelerate tailings densification.

In 2014, Carmen joined the Geomicrobiology Group at the University of Calgary to work with Casey Hubert as a research scientist and lab manager. Carmen’s research has focused on using detection of specific microbial DNA signatures as a tool for deep sea offshore oil and gas exploration, while also providing supervision to other group members applying DNA sequencing and other genomics approaches to oil spill bioremediation, reservoir souring and corrosion control, environmental baseline mapping using microbial diversity, and tight unconventional reservoir characterization. Carmen manages and operates the group's in-house Illumina MiSeq platform that provides DNA sequencing services for internal and external clients, including oil industry collaborators.

Where Fairmont Palliser
133 9 Ave SW
Calgary, AB  T2P 2M3
Date November 21, 2019

Registration: 11:15 a.m.

Lunch: 11:45 a.m.

Presentation: 12:15 p.m.


Carmen Li

University of Calgary


Member: $50

Non-member: $60

Student: $25

Registration Deadline November 17, 2019

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