Certifications and Recognitions


ISO Certification for qPCR Analysis

Microbial Insights, Inc. is pleased to announce that our Nucleic Acids Laboratory has been approved for ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation for qPCR analysis by the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). Certification # 7157.01.

ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation is the internationally recognized gold standard because the certification process specifically evaluates each of the key factors that determine a laboratory’s ability to produce highly accurate and precise results.

“We are very excited to announce our ISO accreditation,” said Dora Taggart, President of Microbial Insights. “For 30 years, our mission has been to provide the most accurate, precise and actionable data for evaluating microbial processes from environmental remediation to microbiologically influenced corrosion. The ISO accreditation is further evidence that the commitment to quality at Microbial Insights is hardwired into our DNA.”

Women Owned Small Business Certification

Microbial Insights is a certified Woman Owned Small Business (WOSB) for the Small Business Administration (SBA) WOSB Federal Contracting Program. Certification was performed by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), the largest third-party certifier of woman owned, controlled and operated businesses in the US.

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National Ground Water Association Technology Award

Microbial Insights’ president and CEO Dora Taggart was awarded the 2022 National Ground Water Association Technology Award.  This prestigious award is presented annually to a person who has made a major contribution to the groundwater industry in the development of ideas, tools, and equipment; techniques of well construction; exemplary service to coworkers throughout the industry in sharing these developments; and/or performing service for the protection of the groundwater resource and the consuming public.

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Woman-Owned Business Excellence Award

In 2016, the Knoxville Chamber of Commerce presented Microbial Insights (MI) with the Woman-Owned Business Excellence Award at the 12th Pinnacle Business Awards Gala.

The Woman-Owned Business Excellence Award is presented annually to an outstanding woman-owned and operated business in East Tennessee. The Pinnacle Awards were started by the Chamber to recognize and celebrate outstanding local businesses and business people. More than 700 people attended the awards gala held at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Accepting on behalf of MI, Dora Taggart thanked the Chamber of Commerce and added to one of the themes of the evening…the link between innovation and diversity. “At Microbial Insights, innovation is what moves us forward, keeps us at the leading edge of technology and helps us to solve some of the world’s most complex environmental problems. The best ideas and greatest innovations come from individuals and teams that seek out different points of view…different points of view lead to new ways of thinking which help to solve problems, advance scientific discovery and stimulate ingenuity and innovation.”

Knoxville Chamber of Commerce awarded Microbial Insights with the Woman-Owned Business Excellence Award in 2016

Boys and Girls Club Business Person of Year Award

On August 17, 2017, our president, Dora Taggart was honored to receive Business Person of the Year by the Boys and Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau.  This award was given in recognition of advancing and enriching Scott County by leadership, excellence, and outstanding contribution to the community.

Boys & Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau

Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council (ITRC) – Most Valuable Team Member Award 

In 2010, Microbial Insights participated in the Environmental Molecular Diagnostics Team for ITRC.  The goal of this team was to write a collection of fact sheets containing information on different molecular tools which are available to the remediation industry.  MI was a huge part in the advice, discussion and writing for these documents.  So much so that our president, Dora Taggart was named Most Valuable Team Member that year.

Advancing environmental solutions to achieve healthy and sustainable air, water, land, and ecology through the adoption of innovative solutions


MI Kids

Microbial Insights is dedicated to educating kids in the art of science in a fun and hands-on environment. We hope you enjoy these fun science experiments with your own children, grandchildren, students or any young children that you may mentor. By cultivating an environment of curiosity the more likely children are to perform better in school and throughout their lifetime.

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Love Kitchen Community Outreach

Microbial Insights’ staff volunteer as drivers each week for a local nonprofit called The Love Kitchen.  The Love Kitchen provides meals, clothing and emergency food packages to homebound, homeless and unemployed people of all races and faiths. They work with local agencies to provide meals, secure used clothing, and donate services with the goal of promoting the self-sufficiency of those they serve.

The organization has no paid staff. All donations go to those who need it most. Their purpose is to provide nourishment for anyone who is hungry and to establish a community center to serve as a haven supporting area children and their families.

MI donates time to the extraordinary Love Kitchen.

Boys and Girls Club Community Outreach

Microbial Insights’ staff volunteer at local boys and girls club organizations helping the kids to learn about science by performing small scale experiments.  MI staff present the experiment to the kids and assist in the performance then teach the kids how to relate this experience to real world applications.

Boys & Girls Club of the Cumberland Plateau