Dr. Lisa Gieg is an Associate Professor who specializes in petroleum microbiology at the University of Calgary and was a session chair at the recent Bio Conversions Network - AI Bio Conference
hosted by Alberta Innovates BioSolutions.
She studies the microbes that live and thrive naturally in oil deposits. Yes, there are tough little organisms ready, able, and willing to eat their way through an oil spill.
Lisa was also one of the co-investigators on the Genome Alberta-led Hydrocarbon Metagenomics
project which dug deep into these processes to understand how the systems worked and how they could be put to good use.
The theme for this year's BCN conference was Bioindustrial Innovations: Unlocking Value and Tackling Climate Change
and genomics was one of the tools presented that has a valuable role to play in the future of the oil sector. With the help of researchers like Dr. Gieg, genomics can help deal with pipeline corrosion, be used to clean-up tailings ponds, and can inhibit souring in oil reservoirs.
Genome Alberta was one of the sponsors of the BCN Conference and we sent freelance broadcaster Don Hill to talk with some of the speakers at the event to find the links between genomics between genomics and the oil industry.
He started with Lisa Gieg and sent us this report.