Nannan Jiang is a graduate student at the University of Tennessee – Knoxville and works in the Joint Institute for Biological Sciences (JIBS) at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He holds a B.S. in biology from Purdue University and an M.S. in microbiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Nannan studies bioremediation, which harnesses the power of microorganisms to degrade otherwise toxic compounds in the environment. Some environmental toxins can be degraded using wild type organisms, while others may require genetic engineering to achieve maximal results. In this regard, Nannan is interested in identifying and evaluating the advantages and potential risks of employing GMOs in bioremediation efforts, and proposing policies that would allow for the advancement of these technologies without compromising safety. Nannan is pleased to serve as secretary of FOSEP and looks forward to a productive year.