Dora Taggart is the President of Microbial Insights, Inc. in Knoxville, Tennessee. She received a Biomedical Engineering degree from Vanderbilt University and has focused on the optimization and implementation of molecular tools for environmental remediation, microbiologically influenced corrosion and microbial source tracking. Under Dora’s direction, MI has become the leading molecular environmental laboratory with locations in the US, Australia and Europe specializing in DNA, RNA, and isotope testing that aids consulting firms, government agencies and academia in environmental restoration and corrosion mitigation.
Over the course of her career, Dora has become a global ambassador for the environmental restoration industry, regularly presenting as an invited/keynote speaker at environmental and corrosion conferences, leading hundreds of technical workshops worldwide, and co-authoring guidance documents with advisory groups like the Interstate Technology Regulatory Council (ITRC) and Environmental Remediation Wiki (Remediapedia) to support appropriate use and interpretation of molecular tools. In 2016, MI received the Woman Owned Business Excellence Award and Dora received the Business Person of the Year for Scott County in 2017. She serves on the Board of Directors of Bottle Rocket Productions, the Boys and Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau and Environmental Workshops, LLC. She is also a member of the Board of Visitors for the department of Microbiology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.