Ph.D. Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences
-B.S. Cellular and Molecular Biology Cum Laude: Fort Lewis College Durango, CO (Dec. 2008)
-Research assistant/technician in molecular biology and biochemistry (2007-2009)
-PhD candidate (PhC) Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences (MCLS) program, Department of Plant Sciences, University of Wyoming
My research focuses on genetic engineering of microalgae for industrial, agricultural and technological applications. One project involves engineering single-celled microalgae to clump together upon genetic induction. This would reduce energy and monetary cost of harvesting microalgae for biofuels, animal feed, plastics and other commodities. A more advanced project aims to develop transgenic algae that can self-assemble into useful biological structures and materials.
Why did you choose UW for graduate education?
I chose to pursue graduate education for one reason: to work on advanced biofuels. UW supported that priority more than any other program I toured. Additionally, I was impressed with the high caliber of research and graduate training that I found when I visited UW. The Mountain West culture and lifestyle was also a huge bonus.
Third year PhD candidate working in the lab of Dr. Stephen K. Herbert.
After obtaining a PhD I would like to pursue post-doctoral training in molecular phycology and biotechnology. Ultimately, I hope to own or work for an algal biotech company.
Advise to prospective students:
UW has many great professors and much to offer. I recommend you visit Laramie and meet with professors working in a field that interests you. You will be pleasantly surprised.