- Ph.D., Environmental Engineering Science, California Institute of Technology, July 1995
- M.S., Environmental Engineering Science, California Institute of Technology, June 1989
- B.S., Civil Engineering with Highest Honors, The University of Texas at Austin, May 1988
It is my general research goal to enhance our understanding of in situ microbial diversity and activity by developing new biochemical and molecular techniques to better monitor in situ microbial communities. With more accurate information generated from these tools, bioremediation strategies can be enhanced by helping us identify what parameters affect the viability and success of in situ bioremediation. This work is inherently interdisciplinary, and I interact to a great degree with my colleagues in hydraulics, geostatistics, aquatic chemistry and surface chemistry to develop new solutions to persistent problems.
- Associate Editor, Microbiology
- Planning committee member, The 2005, 2002 and 1999 Borchardt Conferences: A Seminar on Advancements in Water and Wastewater Treatment.
- Co-organizer, MidWest Environmental Chemistry Workshop. The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan. October, 1998.
- Panelist for NSF, WERF and NIEHS
- Member of American Society of Microbiology, Society for General Microbiology, American Chemical Society, American Society for Engineering Education and Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors.
- U-M Faculty Recognition Award, 2015
- College of Engineering Service Excellence Award, 2009- 2010
- College of Engineering Vulcans Excellence in Teaching Award, 2003.
- ASCE Michigan Student Chapter – Professor of the Year, 2000.
- Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching 1999.
- James M. Robbins Award for Excellence in Teaching (Great Lakes District of Chi Epsilon), 1998.
- National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 1989-1992.
J-I.Han and J. D. Semrau, (2004), “Quantification of Gene Expression in Methanotrophs by Competitive Reverse Transcription – Polymerase Chain Reaction,” Environmental Microbiology. 6:388-399.
- D. Morton, J. D. Semrau, and K. F. Hayes., (2001), “An X-Ray Absorption Spectroscopy Study of the Structure and Reversibility of Copper Adsorbed to Montmorillinite Clay.,” Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta. 65:2709-2722.
- D. Morton, K. F. Hayes, and J. D. Semrau, (2000), “Bioavailability of Chelated and Soil-Associated Copper to Methylosinus trichosporium OB3b,” Environmental Science and Technology. 34:4917-4922.
- Lontoh, A. A. DiSpirito, C. L. Krema, M. R. Whittaker, A. B. Hooper and J. D. Semrau (2000), “Differential Inhibition in vivo of Ammonia Monooxygenase, Soluble Methane Monooxygenase, and Membrane-Associated Methane Monooxygenase by Phenylacetylene,” Environmental Microbiology. 2:485-494.
J-I. Han and J. D. Semrau, (2000), “Chloromethane Stimulates Growth of Methylomicrobium album BG8 on Methanol,” FEMS Microbiology Letters. 187:77-81.