Current


Kris Hunt

Dr. Kristopher Hunt

Post-doctoral Research Associate
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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My projects involve the production of fuels and chemicals from renewable feedstocks by novel fungi and recombinant bacteria. The strategy is to use modeling to identify optimal modifications, genetic engineering to produce the modifications, and culturing techniques/reactor design to influence regulation in favor of metabolic flux toward desired products.

Zackary Jay

Dr. Zackary Jay

Post-doctoral Research Associate

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HeeJoon Park

Dr. HeeJoon Park

Post-doctoral Research Associate

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Ashley Beck

Ashley Beck

Ph.D Candidate
Microbiology & Immunology
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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My research examines metabolic pathways via (1) metabolic modeling with resource allocation-based analysis, implemented in a thermophilic cyanobacterial system, and (2) engineering synthetic Escherichia coli consortia to understand metabolic exchange and organic acid detoxification in the context of ecological theory.

Lee McGill

Lee McGill

Ph.D Student
Microbiology & Immunology
Center for Biofilm Engineering

E-mail: stacy.mcgill1@montana.edu

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My research involves dissecting the physiology of clinical isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Staphylococcus aureus, and Clostridium perfringens. After starting with planktonic exometabolomics of aerobic P. aeruginosa and S. aureus, my research is transitioning towards single and multispecies biofilm physiology studies. Concepts of interest include interspecies interactions on metabolic and structural scales as well as emergent properties of multispecies biofilms. These three species have been isolated from chronic wounds and have also been isolated from Cystic Fibrosis lungs, severe burns, and many other potentially life threatening conditions. Using the physiological data that I acquire, genome scale metabolic pathway models can be fine tuned to give better insights to potential treatments of multispecies biofilm infections.

Marketa Hulkova

Markéta Hůlková

 

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Taylor Bloom

Taylor Blossom

Undergraduate

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Former


Dr. Heidi Schoen

Ph.D Student
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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My project also involves alternative fuels and specialty chemicals created by endophytic fungal species. I characterize fungal growth, metabolites and hydrocarbon production in liquid cultures. I am also working on optimizing hydrocarbon production from fungal fermentation in solid state reactors utilizing solid state feed stocks.

Alissa Bleem

Undergraduate
Center for Biofilm Engineering
Chemical and Biological Engineering

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I collaborate with Hans Bernstein to study systems of engineered Escherichia coli mutants, and my goal is to develop theoretical and experimental methods for analyzing the kinetics of acetic acid inhibition in these organisms. A theoretical model of our system is currently under development as a collaborative effort with members of the mathematics department.

Dr. James Folsom

Post-doctoral Research Associate
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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Protein expression of carbon, iron, and nitrogen limited E. coli grown in chemostats at 0.1-0.4/h. Metabolic modeling to compare with proteomic data collected from Chemostat cultures. Construction of Microsoft HPC Cluster for genome scale elementary flux mode calculation.

Florence

Dr. Florence Mus

Post-doctoral Research Associate
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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Lipid-Derived Biofuels: Determination of factors that control triglyceride accumulation in microalgae.

Florence

Dr. Olusegun Oshota

Post-doctoral Research Associate
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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Reed Taffs

Ph.D Student
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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I refine, analyze, and experimentally validate network models, focused on the effects of nitrogen-limitation on E. coli metabolism. Previously, my work focused on thermoacidophilic Archaea and thermophilic/phototrophic mat communities.

Dr. Natasha Mallette

Ph. D Student
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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Study Ascocoryne sarcoides, an endophytic filamentous fungus which produces volatile hydrocarbons. Evaluate different growth substrates and environmental conditions for growth and hydrocarbon production. Current work includes determining growth and hydrocarbon production on cellulosic substrates using NMR, PTR-MS, HS-SPME GC/MS and HPLC. This project has applications in renewable biofuel production.

Dr. Hans Bernstein

Ph. D Student
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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My research focuses on the investigation of natural and engineered microbial communities. Also, numerical modeling of reaction network systems and biofilm reaction/diffusion phenomena. This research has potential applications for bioprocess and environmental engineering.

Jean-Paul

Jean-Paul Toussaint

Undergraduate
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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Lipid-Derived Biofuels: Determination of factors that control triglyceride accumulation in microalgae.

Elle Pankratz

Undergraduate
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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Assist Natasha Malette with the Gliocladium roseum project.

Patrick Tate

Undergraduate
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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Assisted Hans Bernstein with microbial community engineering and investigation.

Steven Paulson

Undergraduate
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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Assist Hans Bernstein with microbial community engineering and investigation.

Kiera McNelis

Undergraduate
BS Chemical Engineering 2012
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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In collaboration with Trevor Zuroff's work, I am investigating quorum sensing in Escheria coli k-12, Staphylococcus epidermis, and Staphylococcus aureus by testing various antibiotic challenges, temperatures, and nutritional environments to better understand cell-to-cell communication in biofilms.

Trevor Zuroff

Undergraduate
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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Research Project:

I am examining the effect of quorum sensing gene knockouts of Escherichia coli K-12 biofilm formation, antibiotic resistance, and architecture. Many parameters are being explored including various temperatures, antibiotics, nutritional environments and shear forces. The goal is to gain a better understanding of bacterial cell-cell communication in order to attempt to control behavior. I am also developing and optimizing packed bed reactor systems to be used in biological plastic production using engineered microorganisms.

Aaron Hedegaard

Undergraduate
BS Chemical and Biological Engineering 2008
Center for Biofilm Engineering

Jenna Lloyd-Randolfi

Visiting Undergraduate Summer 2008
B.S. Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, Maryland
M.S. Chemical and Biological Engineering
KAUST (King Abdullah University of Science and Technology), Thuwal, Saudi Arabia

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Lourdes Jimenez

Visiting Ph.D Student
Department of Microbiology