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Frank CaccavoFrank Caccavo

300 W. Hawthorne Road
Spokane, WA 99251
Phone: 509.777.4576
Fax: 509.777.4943
Office Location: Robinson Science Hall 107


Ph.D. University of Oklahoma
M.S. University of New Hampshire
B.S. Long Island University, Southampton

Year Joined Whitworth Faculty


Areas of Specialization / Expertise

Marine biology; microbiology; science

Selected Publications / Presentations / Honors

Received a $25,000 grant from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to conduct research with an undergraduate student using a bioreactor to examine factors governing the bioremediation of metal contaminants (2005).

Wrote "The Biology of HIV/AIDS: A case study in community engagement," in The American Biology Teacher.

Caccavo and his students, along with research partners at Pacific Northwest National Laboratories in Richland and at Montana State University, are exploring a technique called bioaugmentation that uses bacteria to neutralize pollutants. Carried by a slow-moving aquifer, these toxic leftovers from atomic-bomb production at the Hanford Site in Richland, Wash., could reach the Columbia within 30 years and wreak ecological havoc downstream (2003).

Serves as external reviewer for Journal of Air & Waste ManagementGeomicrobiology Journal and external reviewer for Cooperative Grants Program, U.S. Civilian Research Development Foundation.

Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for Biofilm Engineering, MSU (1995-97); U.S. D.O.E., Northwest College and University Association for Science Appointment (1992-93); Montanans on a New Track for Science Award, MSU (1996); awarded U.S. patent 5,569,596: Method for Bacterial Reduction of Chromium (VI); presented and co-presented over 20 symposia abstracts; given 10 microbiology-related presentations at colleges and universities nationwide; external reviewer for journals, programs and workshops; conducted research utilizing $1,427,664 in funding; authored and co-authored 20 peer-reviewed publications.