Jillian Banfield

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Jillian Fiona (Jill) Banfield (born Armidale, Australia) is a geomicrobiologist and biogeochemist whose work focuses on the fundamental relationship between microorganisms and their chemical environments. Her most noted work includes publications on how microorganisms alter their chemical and physical environments during simulated bioremediation.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

As an Australian native, Banfield’s career began at the Australian National University where she completed her bachelor's and master's degrees (1978–1985). She graduated with a Ph.D in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 1990 under the supervision of Professor David Veblen.[2] Throughout her career, Banfield has been a professor at universities worldwide, including the University of Wisconsin–Madison (1990–2001) and The University of Tokyo (1996–1998).[3] Since 2001, she has been a researcher and professor at the University of California Berkeley. Here she heads their geomicrobiology program and works as a researcher under the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Her current research spans from field sites in Northern California to Australia and from subjects including astrobiology and genomics/geosciences.[4]

Honors and awards[edit]


  1. ^ Biomed Experts: Jillian Banfield
  2. ^ Vitae- Jillian Banfield. University of California, Berkeley
  3. ^ Vitae- Jillian Banfield. University of California, Berkeley
  4. ^ JILL BANFIELD, Berkeley
  5. ^ "Benjamin Franklin Medal in Earth and Environmental Science". Franklin Institute. 2011. Retrieved 23 December 2011. 
  6. ^ Jill Banfield. Environmental Science, Policy, and Management. College of Natural Resources. University of California, Berkeley. [1]

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