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Kristopher Hunt

Ph. D Student
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.

Ashley Beck

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

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My research focuses on microbial interactions under the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Foundational Scientific Focus Area (FSFA) project. The goal is to combine network modeling and reaction-diffusion modeling with experimental verification to describe and quantitate the benefits to microbes from coexisting in communities, particularly benefits derived from metabolite exchange and detoxification of inhibitory compounds.

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.

Former


Dr. James Folsom

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

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Research Project:

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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Research Project:

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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Research Project:

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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Research Project:

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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Research Project:

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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Research Project:

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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Research Project:

Assist Natasha Malette with the Gliocladium roseum project.

Patrick Tate

Undergraduate
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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Research Project:

Assisted Hans Bernstein with microbial community engineering and investigation.

Steven Paulson

Undergraduate
Chemical and Biological Engineering
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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Research Project:

Assist Hans Bernstein with microbial community engineering and investigation.

Kiera McNelis

Undergraduate
BS Chemical Engineering 2012
Center for Biofilm Engineering

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Research Project:

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