trevor ghylinDr. Trevor Ghylin, Founder and CTO of Microbe Detectives, will be honored during WEFTEC® 2017, the world’s largest annual water quality conference and exhibition, in Chicago on October 2. Dr. Ghylin will receive the prestigious Gascoigne Wastewater Treatment Plant Operational Improvement Medal from the Water Environment Federation (WEF), an international not-for-profit technical and educational water quality organization.

The Gascoigne Medal was established in recognition of George Bradley Gascoigne, a prominent consultant who exhibited a great deal of interest in the operation of wastewater treatment plants. The medal is awarded to Dr. Ghylin and co-authors Tom Fitzwilliams and Matthew Castillo for their article “Activated Sludge Sleuthing”, Water Environment & Technology, July 2016, v. 28, no. 7, p. 37.

The article presents the solution of an important and complicated operational problem within a full-scale, operating wastewater treatment plant which is appropriately staffed. The article describes how one plant used state-of-the-art DNA sequencing laboratory analysis to exactly quantify the bacterial makeup of their plant’s mixed liquor suspended solids (MLSS). This article details how staff at the Ho-Chunk Nation Wastewater Treatment Facility in Baraboo, Wisconsin used a relatively new sludge analysis procedure to completely and objectively quantify the seasonal biological make-up of their plant’s MLSS.

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About WEF
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization of 34,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. Since 1928, WEF and its members have protected public health and the environment. As a global water sector leader, our mission is to connect water professionals; enrich the expertise of water professionals; increase the awareness of the impact and value of water; and provide a platform for water sector innovation. To learn more, visit

About Microbe Detectives
Microbe Detectives is an innovator in applying modern DNA science and technology to transform water quality measurement and monitoring of wastewater, anaerobic digesters, process water, and other biological systems. Wastewater facilities utilize the company’s DNA sequencing services to optimize treatment systems, recover renewable resources, and reduce operating costs by 20 to 60%. Product innovators uniquely quantify and validate the performance of their products when applied to water microbiome environments. Microbe Detectives graduated from the Water Council’s BREW accelerator in 2014, and is a winner of the Wisconsin Innovation Awards.

Join us at our inaugural leadership summit, The Microbiome Water Summit, September 29, one day before WETEC begins and just a few blocks away, via live streaming video FREE of charge, or reserve your seat for in-person participation (only 2 seats remaining) by registering here.