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School of the Environment
1515 S Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
FSH Science Research Center
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Victor M. Ibeanusi, PhD.

Dean, School of the Environment
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, FL 32307
Phone: 850-599-3550


Post-doc-Morehouse College, Atlanta GA- 1988-1990

Ph.D. Molecular Biology (Research area: Applied Environmental Microbiology).

Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA. 1988; Thesis title: “Mechanisms of Heavy Metal Uptake in Microbial System”
(Research Advisor include Dr. Joe Gould, Georgia Tech)

Ms. Biology (Area of Research: Environmental Biology). Atlanta University, Atlanta, GA.
Thesis:  “Water Purification Using Cyanobacteria” 1986

B.Sc.  Microbiology (Area of research: Environmental Microbiology)
University of Lagos, Lagos Nigeria; Thesis: 
“Evaluation of Escherichia coli and Bifidobacterium bifidus as indicators of Fecal Pollution of Water in the Tropics” 1979


Research Interests
Use of microbial systems in areas focused on bioremediation of environmental contaminants, water quality,
wastewater reclamation, and industrial ecology

Ibeanusi, V.M. “Biological Process of Remediation Chemical Contamination of a Pond”.  1998. U.S. Patent N0 5,736,048. 


q  Chief Editor, Journal of Bioremediation and Degradation. OMICS Publishers

q  Environmental Biology: Applications and Global Responses to Major Environmental Issues – In progress.

q  Radionuclide Biological Remediation Resource Guide, US Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5

q  Editor – Safe Water and Health – a special edition of the Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Restoration.  

q  Editorial Board Member – Journal of Environmental Monitoring, Restoration, and Sustainability (JEMRES) 

q  Editor, Science and the Environment, The African Quest 


q  Ibeanusi, V.M., Ruth Wangia, Marie Wells, and Morayo Adebiyi, Enhancement of a microbial-bioengineered process in crude-oil clean-up from the Michigan oil spill (2013). Submitted: Journal of Bioremediation & Degradation

q  Ibeanusi VM, Jackson E, Coffen J, Jeilani Y (2012) Assessing Bioremediation of Acid Mine Drainage in Coal Mining Sites Using a Predictive Neural Network-Based Decision Support System (NNDSS). J Bioremed Biodegrad 3:148. doi:10.4172/2155-6199.1000148.  

q  Ibeanusi, Victor (October 2011) Putting Microbes to Work on Subsurface Contaminants: A Focus on LNAPLs.  USEPA Land and Chemical  Division, Region 5, EPA Publication Number 905-B-11-001

q  Yassin Jeilani, Beatrize Cardelino, and Ibeanusi, Victor. Ring-Cleavage Rearrangement Reactions of Progesterone by Density Functional Theory and Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry. Journal of Mass Spectrometry April 2011.

q  N. Ravi, V. Ibeanusi, Y. Jeilani. “Gas Phase Fragmentation Reactions of Phthalates” Book Chapter in “Phthalates: Chemical Properties, Impacts on Health and the Environment,” Invited contribution, manuscript accepted March 2012.

q  Yassin A. Jeilani, Beatriz Cardelino and Victor Ibeanusi “Density Functional Theory and Mass Spectrometry of Phthalate Fragmentations Mechanisms: Modeling Hyperconjugated Carbocation and Radical Cation Complexes with Neutral Molecules,” Journal of the American Society of Mass Spectrometry 2011, 22(11), 1999-2010.


q  Yassin A. Jeilani, Beatriz Cardelino and Victor Ibeanusi “Hydrogen and Ring-Cleavage Rearrangement Reactions of Progesterone by Density Functional Theory and Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry,” Journal of Mass Spectrometry 2011, 46 (7), 625-634.

q  Yassin A. Jeilani, Beatriz H. Cardelino and Victor M. Ibeanusi “Positive Chemical Ionization and Collision Induced Dissociation of Phthalates by Triple Quadrupole Mass Spectrometry: Multipathway Fragmentation Mechanism and Ab Initio Computational Studies.” Journal of Mass Spectrometry 2010, 45( 6), 678-685.

q  Victor Ibeanusi, Y. Jeilani, Samantha Houston, Danielle Doss, and Bianca Coley Sequential anaerobic–aerobic degradation of munitions waste, Biotechnol Lett (2009) 31:65-69, Springer Science-Business Media

q  Spelman College Recycling Inventory . Victor Ibeanusi, Bridgette Fountain, Charita Montgomery, Elizabeth Adeyemi, Tiara Cunningham, and Topaz Sampson.  environmental biology (2009) 1: 1-6 Environmental Science & Studies Program, Spelman College Received November 24, 2009 /Accepted November 24, 2009 – This is a special  in-class publication written by students in my Environmental Biology class (fall 2009)- attached

q  Jeilani, Y., and Ibeanusi VM.   (2008) Advances in Sample Extraction Methods of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals in Aquatic Environmental MatricesIn review

q  Editor – Safe Water and Health: Rural Communities at Risk- Published as a special edition of the Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Restoration.  ISSN 1542-7102;ISBN 0-9724579-0-9

q  Ibeanusi Victor and Bernice Scott. 2004.  A Cost-Analysis of a Bioremediation System Used in the Treatment and Removal of Metals from Wastewater. Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Restoration.  Volume 1:139-144

q  Ibeanusi VM, and Grab, DA. August 2004.  USEPA Radio nuclide Remediation Resource Guide. EPA-905-B-04-001. Superfund Division. www.epa.gov/region5superfund

q  Ibeanusi, V. Donna Piney, and Michelle Thompson “Removal and Recovery of Metals from a Coal Pile Run off”.  International Journal for Environmental Monitoring & Assessment. Published by Culver Academic Publishers Groups, Correct, And The Netherlands.  84: 35-44, 2003.

q  Ibeanusi, V., April Hines, Adriana Solar, Laotian Hannon, Erica Garry, and E. Archibald.  “Bioremediation of Metals from an Acid Mine Drainage at Cane Creek, Coal Valley Site”.  Bioremediation of Inorganic Compounds pp 53-59. 

q  Ibeanusi, V., Piney, D., Thompson, M., Jones, S., Gist, L., Buzzer, D., Smith, A., and Wilburn, B.  1999.  “Assessment of Metal Recovery from Coal Pile Run Off Waters”. In Environmental Remediation Science and Technology. ISBN 1-57477-069-1. PP 81-88. Battle Press.

q  Ibeanusi, V.M., and E.W. Wilde. 1998.  “Bioremediation of Coal Pile Runoff Waters Using an Integrated Microbial EcosystemBiotechnology Letters. 11:1077-1079

q  Ibeanusi, V.M., and E.R. Archibald.  “Mechanisms of Heavy Metal Uptake in Mixed Microbial Ecosystem”.  Bioremediation of Pollutants in Soil and Water.  American Society for Testing of Materials (ASTM) Publication.   PP 191-203.  1995

q  Ibeanusi, V.M., and E.R. Archibald.  “Coupled Reduction and Removal of Heavy Metals from a Wastewater Using a Mixed Microbial Ecosystem”.  Biodeterioration Research 4:403-407.  1994.

q  Ibeanusi, V.M., and E.R. Archibold.  “Chromate Reduction and Removal from Simulated Pond Systems”.  World Environment.  A Publication of the International Association of Science and Technology for Development.  PP 140-142.  Acta Press.  Anaheim, Calgary, and Zurich.  ISBN 0-88986-143-9.  1991.

q  Bender, J., E. Archibold, V. Ibeanusi, and J. Gould.  “Lead Removal from Contaminated Water by a Mixed Microbial Ecosystem”  Water Science and Tech.  22:1661-1664.  1989

q  Archibold, E, V. Ibeanusi, J. Bender, and J. Gould.  “Use of Mixed Microbial Systems for the Removal of Metals from Contaminated Water”  Biodeterioration Research 2:161-174.  1988

q   Bender, J., and Ibeanusi, V.M. "Effects of Supplements on the Bioaccumulation of Lead in Anabera spp" Environ.Contam. Toxicology 33:209-213

Pending Grants

q  Training and Technical Assistance to Improve Water Quality and Enable Small Public Water Systems to Provide Safe Drinking Water” (EPA-OW-OGWDW-13-03)., USEPA, Amount Requested- $1M

Overview.  FAMU will collaborate with Sustainable Water located in Glen Allen, Virginia, during Year 1 to construct and deploy a skid-mounted mobile treatment unit, complete with an illustrated design and user's guide. Sustainable Water is a private sector company that specializes in integrated wastewater treatment technologies and allied water reuse solutions.  The mobile unit will be used to demonstrate “sewer mining" and cutting-edge biofilm treatment technologies such as tidal-flow wetlands, moving bed bioreactors, enhanced hydroponic systems and integrated fixed film activated sludge (IFAS). Individual treatment modules can be replicated by other universities and technology providers for teaching, research and outreach. These innovations in wastewater treatment can be used by both public-owned treatment works and decentralized systems to save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, eliminate odors, and provide superior treatment of BOD5, suspended solids, nutrients, and pathogens.  Deployment of decentralized systems within a water district can also be used to reduce nutrient and organic loading to centralized systems, thereby improving water quality, enhancing water reuse options and eliminating the need for expensive centralized upgrades.


q  Title: Target Infusion Project through STEM To-Achieve-Results (TIP-STARs)

Funding Source: NSF;  Amount: $399,140; Project Period:   09/01/2013 - 08/31/2015

Overview. The proposed Target Infusion Project through STEM To-Achieve-Results (TIP-STARs) was submitted prior to coming to Florida A&M University. As proposed, the project will focus on restructuring and developing curriculum in Environmental Health to meet accreditation requirements with the National Environmental Health Science and Accreditation Council (EHAC). Through this opportunity the project will: (a) Enhance the quality of undergraduate training in environmental health using specific student training-research activities. The outcome from these research activities will be used to re-structure and develop courses in environmental health curriculum to meet accreditation requirements, and (b) Up grade laboratory infrastructure to support new advances in environmental health research