Our analysis illuminates nearly 100% of the microbiology.
Current methods can only see 1% or less.


Order our DNA analysis online and receive a water sample collection kit. Register your collected sample online then ship to our lab for advanced DNA sequencing.


Eliminate the guesswork with your water microbiome by seeing the entire microbiological picture in terms of what microbes are present, what they are doing, and what action should be taken.

“…it answers questions that have gone unanswered”

Autumn Fisher, Superintendent, City of Fond du Lac
Dr. Andrew Jacque, Founder, Water Quality Investigations

“Microbe Detectives provides a valuable service to monitor, troubleshoot and optimize wastewater treatment plants by providing comprehensive data on nitrifiers, phosphorus removing bacteria, filaments and foamers.”
Tom Fitzwilliams, Wastewater Team Leader, MSA Professional Services, Inc.

“The cost of routine DNA analyses is pretty minimal the way I see it because of the overall impact it has for our municipal wastewater operation. We see cost savings in energy and chemicals that provide an attractive return on investment, plus we are able to improve our ability to comply with increasingly stringent regulations.”
Jeremy Cramer, Senior Process Specialist, Donahue & Associates

“…Microbe Detectives was the key to identifying and fixing serious problems in the distribution system so we could protect public health and minimize risk for the water utility. Finding these problems with typical investigation techniques could have taken months of effort. In fact, the problem may not have been detected until a health crisis occurred, since the municipality lacks the resources to perform routine facility inspections.”
Ann-Perry Witmer PE, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager, Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC

Clients Include

md customers

Allliance Partners

Memberships and Associations

water association memberships

Microbe Detectives Leadership and Advisory Board

Founded in 2013 by Trevor Ghylin during his Ph.D. work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Microbe Detectives accelerated the adoption of genomic technology in water testing applications. We were selected by the Water Council’s BREW Accelerator program, Rice University Business Plan Contest and Wisconsin Innovation Awards. Leadership: John Tillotson MS, CEO and Trevor Ghylin PhD. Advisory Board: Dr. Jay Bayne, Dr. Lynn E. Broaddus, Dr. Glen Daigger, Dr. William Dougan, Walter A. Foskett, Dr. David E.J. Garman, Dr. Andrew Jacque, Emad S. Isaac, Casey Nowicki, Ron Pote and Pat Whalen.

Dr. Trevor Ghylin PhD, PE

Dr. Trevor Ghylin PhD, PE

Join us in Exploring a Vast New World of Opportunity

The 2017 Microbiome Water Summit will be held on Friday, September 29th 2017 at the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago, Illinois. The mission of the Summit is to bring together best-in-class innovators in microbiome water tech, wastewater municipalities, commercial and industrial water operators, investors and academic institutions, to foster new conversations, professional networks and accelerate the global advancement of water quality.

“If you care about microbiology in water or wastewater, resource recovery or water-related health, this is a must attend event” –Dean Amhaus, CEO of The Water Council

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Speakers for Microbiome Water Summit Poised to Deliver Powerful New Insights Milwaukee, WI – July 28, 2017 - A unique combination of twenty innovators and experts are set to speak at Microbe Detectives’ Microbiome Water Summit, to be held at Shedd Aquarium Chicago on...

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