Julie Zilles

Research Assistant Professor

Education

  • B.S., Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1993
  • Ph.D., Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999

Academic Positions

  • Research Assistant, Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1991
  • Research Assistant, Environmental Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1992 - 1993
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Bacteriology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1993 - 1999
  • Research Associate, Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1999 - 2002
  • Research Scientist/Lecturer, Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2002 - 2006, 67% appointment
  • Research Assistant Professor, Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2006 - 2019, 67% appointment
  • Research Assistant Professor, Crop Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019 - present, 67% appointment

Research Interests

  • biomimetic materials for desalination & perchlorate removal
  • denitrification in tile drainage biofilters, agricultural nitrogen pollution
  • writing education and research across engineering
  • antimicrobials and antimicrobial resistance in agricultural and pharmaceutical waste treatment
  • enhanced biological phosphorus removal
  • microbial biofuel production

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Research

  • Randolph G. Wei award for outstanding undergraduate research at the interface of the life sciences and engineering
  • Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation Annual Fellowship
  • National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship
  • American Society for Microbiology Travel Grant
  • Phillip and Vera Gerhardt Graduate Travel Award
  • Advisor to Manish Kumar, winner of AWWA's Academic Achievement Award for best doctoral dissertation
  • CH2M Hill / AEESP Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, advisor

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements for Teaching

  • Sigrid Leirmo Memorial Award recognizing scientific mentorship
  • List of teachers ranked as excellent by their students (CEE 598 Scientific Writing)
  • List of teachers ranked as excellent by their students (CEE 598 Scientific Writing)
  • List of teachers ranked as excellent by their students (CEE 598 Scientific Writing)
  • List of teachers ranked as excellent by their students (CEE 444 Biological Principles)
  • List of teachers ranked as excellent by their students (CEE 444 Biological Principles)
  • List of teachers ranked as excellent by their students (CEE 444 Biological Principles)

Honors, Recognition, and Outstanding Achievements - Other

  • None

Books Edited or Co-Edited (Original Editions)

  • None

Chapters in Books

  • Manish Kumar, Michelle M. Payne, Sean K. Poust and Julie L. Zilles. 2012. Polymer-Based Biomimetic Membranes for Desalination. in Claus Helix Nielsen (Ed.). Biomimetic membranes for sensor and separation applications (pp. 43-62) Dordrecht:Springer Netherlands.

Selected Articles in Journals

  • Andrus, J. M., M. D. Porter, L. F. Rodriguez, T. Kuehlhorn, R. A. C. Cooke, Y. Zhang, A. D. Kent, and J. L. Zilles. 2014. Spatial variation in the total and denitrifying bacterial community in a denitrifying biofilter treating subsurface agricultural drainage. Microbial Ecology 67(2):265-272. Epub 2013 Sept 29.
  • Yoon, H., S. Leibeling, C. Zhang, R. H. Müller, C. J. Werth, and J. L. Zilles. 2014. Adaptation of Delftia acidovorans for herbicide degradation in a microfluidic porous medium. Biodegradation 25(4):595-604. Epub ahead of print 2014 Feb 12.
  • Lu, N., A. Massoudieh, X. Liang, T. Kamai, J. L Zilles, T. H. Nguyen, T. R. Ginn. 2015. A kinetic model of gene transfer via natural transformation for Azotobacter vinelandii. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology 1:363-374 DOI: 10.1039/C5EW00023H
  • Porter, M. D., J. M. Andrus, N. A. Bartolerio, L. F. Rodriguez, Y. Zhang, J. L. Zilles, A. D. Kent. 2015. Seasonal patterns in microbial community composition in denitrifying bioreactors treating subsurface agricultural drainage. Microbial Ecology 70(3):710-723. published online April 26, 2015 DOI: 10.1007/s00248-015-0605-8
  • Hathaway, S. K., M. D. Porter, L. F. Rodri­guez, A. D. Kent, J. L. Zilles. 2015. Impact of the contemporary environment on denitrifying bacterial communities. Ecological Engineering 82:469-473. published online June 9, 2015
  • Lu, N., A. Massoudieh, X. Liang, D. Hu, T. Kamai, T. R. Ginn, J. L. Zilles, T. H. Nguyen. 2015. Swimming motility reduces Azotobacter vinelandii deposition to silica surfaces. Journal of Environmental Quality 44(5):1366-1375 DOI: 10.2134/jeq2015.03.0141
  • Hutchison, J. M., and J. L. Zilles. 2015. Biocatalytic perchlorate reduction: kinetics and effects of groundwater characteristics. Environmental Science: Water Research and Technology. 1:913-921. Advance Article available online 9 September 2015. DOI: 10.1039/C5EW00176E
  • Luby, E., A. M. Ibekwe, J. Zilles, and A. Pruden. 2016. Molecular methods for assessment of antibiotic resistance in agricultural ecosystems: Prospects and challenges. Journal of Environmental Quality 45:441-453. First Look posted: October 21, 2015. doi: 10.2134/jeq2015.07.0367.
  • Williams-Nguyen, J., J. B. Sallach, S. Bartelt-Hunt, A. B. Boxall, L. M. Durso, J. E. McLain, R. S. Singer, D. D. Snow, J. L. Zilles. 2016. Antibiotics and antibiotic resistance in agroecosystems: State of the science. Journal of Environmental Quality 45:394-406. First Look posted: November 10, 2015. doi: 10.2134/jeq2015.07.0336.
  • Zilles, J. L., L. F. Rodriguez, N. A. Bartolerio, and A. D. Kent. 2016. Microbial community modeling using reliability theory. The ISME Journal 10:1809-1814. advance online publication 16 February 2016. doi: 10.1038/ismej.2016.1
  • Hathaway, S. K., N. A. Bartolerio, L. F. Rodríguez, A. D. Kent, J. L. Zilles. 2017. Denitrifying bioreactors resist disturbance from fluctuating water levels. Frontiers in Environmental Science. Volume 5, article 35. doi: 10.3389/fenvs.2017.00035.
  • Hutchison, J. M., J. S. Guest, and J. L. Zilles. 2017. Evaluating the development of biocatalytic technology for the targeted removal of perchlorate from drinking water. Environmental Science and Technology 51(12):7178–7186. doi: 10.1021/acs.est.7b00831
  • Mobilia, K. C., J. M. Hutchison, and J. L. Zilles. 2017. Characterizing isozymes of chlorite dismutase for water treatment. Frontiers in Microbiology 8:2423. doi: 10.3389/fmicb.2017.02423
  • Hutchison, J. M. and J. L. Zilles. 2018. Biocatalytic removal of perchlorate and nitrate in ion-exchange waste brine. Environmental Science: Water Research & Technology 4:1181-1189 doi: 10.1039/C8EW00178B
  • Foltz, M. E., J. L. Zilles, and S. Koloutsou-Vakakis. 2019. Prediction of N2O emissions under different field management practices and climate conditions. Science of the Total Environment 646:872-879 Available online 26 July 2018 doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.07.364
  • Gallagher, J. R., N. Turnipseed, J. Yoritomo, C. Elliott, S. L. Cooper, J. S. Popovics, P. Prior, and J. L. Zilles. 2019. A collaborative longitudinal design for supporting writing pedagogies of STEM faculty. Technical Communication Quarterly. accepted
  • Ma, Y., J. L. Zilles, and A. D. Kent. 2019. An evaluation of primers for detecting denitrifiers via their functional genes. Environmental Microbiology. 21(4):1196-1210. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.14555

Invited Lectures

  • Antimicrobials and Antimicrobial Resistance in Manure Amended Soils
  • Antimicrobials and resistance in swine waste
  • Gene expression and genetic adaptation for herbicide degradation in a model dynamic soil system
  • Engineering ecosystems for resilience and reliability of microbially-mediated nutrient removal
  • Aquaporin-based membranes
  • Investigating the Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance near Animal Facilities: Mechanisms of Extracellular DNA Transport and Transfer
  • Biomimetic materials for desalination and perchlorate remediation
  • Biomimetic processes for water treatment