My Story

I have been fascinated by invisible living things since I investigated bacteria in a local Connecticut stream for an elementary school science project. My father says that I have been doing the same research ever since, and he is almost correct. I am fascinated by the lifestyles of microbes that live in freshwater, and I study them using tools of biochemistry, molecular biology, and microbiology. Over the years I have studied microbes from hot springs in New Zealand, contaminated Maine beaches, and slimy rocks in rivers. I enjoy helping students explore science at this intersection of environment, chemistry, and biology.


  • B.S. in Biology, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Ph.D in Biochemistry, Dartmouth College

Research Interests

  • Aquatic microbiology and public health
  • Biochemistry of environmental mycobacteria and mycobacteriophages

Courses Taught

  • CHM 1170: General Chemistry II
  • CHM 4070: Biochemistry I
  • CHM 4080: Biochemistry II

Crews and Other Activities

  • Supervisor of Chemistry Research Crew
  • Pre-health advisor

Contact Dr. Borges

(828) 771-3067
Witherspoon 205
CPO 6147
PO Box 9000
Asheville, NC 28815
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