MDG’s Research Microbiologist II, Claire Heile

Research Microbiologist, Claire Heile, has taken our Feed, Clean, Save initiative to the next level by dedicating her entire research efforts to environmental conservation.

1) What drew you to Microbial Discovery Group?

I believe that our shared goals to find microbial solutions to world issues (specifically pollution) drew us together. MDG recognized and supported my determination, becoming the catalyst to bring these goals to fruition.


2) What does your typical day look like?

My typical days are rather atypical; I have a variety of responsibilities that make every day unique and interesting.


3) What are you working on right now?

I am currently gathering data for two patents, operating a lab-scale landfill simulator, isolating/identifying/testing new Bacillus sp., running chemical/molecular tests, creating/implementing new procedures, contributing to documentation needed to import our Bacillus to other countries, processing/analyzing data, preparing for a discussion with landfill industry leaders, organizing a blood drive and beach clean-up with our Feed Clean Save program, working on posters to present at upcoming conferences and constructing a digital library/database.


4) What is the most inspiring part of your job?

The most inspiring part of my job is having the opportunity to find solutions to global challenges that impact our community and environment.


5) What is your favorite aspect about working at MDG?

My favorite aspect about working at MDG is the company’s facilitation of growth opportunities, encouragement, and patience, granting me the ability to achieve probable impossibilities.


6) What do you like to do when you’re not at the office?

While out of the office I enjoy going to concerts, playing the violin, oil painting, spending time outdoors, and graphic design.


7) Professional goal for the next 5 years?

My professional goal for the next five years will be to continue producing patents and follow through with the product development process.


8) Let’s talk landfill and plastic degrading Bacillus

Following five years of research, MDG recently filed a patent for a blend of novel plastic-degrading Bacillus. We intend to develop a landfill and leachate treatment product with the potential to reduce plastics, pollutants, toxicity, cost, post-closure care, and hydrogen sulfide emissions. Our goal is to promote environmental preservation by using bioaugmentation to improve upon and advance current waste-management technologies.