Applicants, SPA

  • Lucas Fluegel

    Born and raised 30 minutes south of Minneapolis, I migrated into the city to attend the University of Minnesota and study synthetic organic chemistry with Prof. Tom Hoye. It was there that I recognized the power of biological systems to perform difficult chemical reactions in remarkably sustainable and efficient ways. Inspired, I moved to Scripps Research in Florida to start my current projects investigating the biosynthetic enzymes that perform these transformations with Prof. Ben Shen. I am also privileged to be involved with multiple science outreach and communication initiatives.

  • Tommy Primo

    Graduated from the University of Utah with triple majors in Chemistry, Physics and Applied mathematics, and currently a First Year Ph.D Student at the University of Washington pursuing Synthetic biology and as well as Tissue engineering

  • Tirupathi Malavath

    I’m a PhD student working plant pigment protein complexes

  • Matthew Williams

    I am a Masters of Biotechnology student at Northwestern University with a bachelors degree in biology from University of Chicago. Before attending Northwestern I worked as a bioformulation scientist at Ortho Clinical Diagnostics and a clincal lab associate at Tempus. I worked in a gut microbiome lab studying hsp25 expression during my undergraduate years.

  • Muhammad Sajjad

    I have done my Ph.D. in Biological Sciences with specialization in Microbial Biochemistry.
    My research interest includes protein/enzyme engineering through combinatorial approach or directed evolution for industrial applications

  • Matthew Lima

    Driven by the power of engineering biological systems to tackle societal problems with a focus on health focused applications. Master’s student at Washington University in St. Louis that sees synthetic biology as the way of the future. Always looking for ways to expand the reach of science and bring new and creative perspectives into the fold.

  • Nicole Siguenza

    I am a PhD student in Biomedical Sciences at UCSD. I genetically engineer native bacteria to knock-in functions to the gut microbiome. My research focuses on understanding the implication of microbiome functions on human health and the development of native bacteria as live bacterial therapeutics.

  • Anthony Stohr

    Anthony is a NDSEG Fellow in the Blenner & Chen Labs at the University of Delaware. His present work focuses on the design of dynamic and logic-based control of cellular metabolism in non-model yeast. Prior to graduate school, he graduated from Northeastern University with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 2021, where he researched synergistic microbial communities for the conversion of industrial waste gases into useful biochemicals.

  • Cirstyn Michel

    I am a rising second year PhD student in the bioengineering department at the University of Washington, coadvised by Eric Klavins and Georg Seelig. My research is mainly focused on integrating automation with synthetic biology workflows to increase throughput and robustness. Before starting my graduate degree, I worked as a research associate for two years at biotechnology startups in the San Francisco Bay area focusing on developing high throughput methods for strain engineering and screening.

  • Hossein Moghimianavval

    I’m a Phd student in mechanical engineering working on creating synthetic cells using cell-free expression (CFE) systems and engineering E. coli. I work on encapsulated CFE systems to reconstitute membrane proteins and probing channel function for synthetic cell activity and communication.

  • Jinyoung Kim

    Jinyoung is currently a PhD candidate in the Ingolia lab at UC Berkeley, where she uses high-throughput measurements of barcoded RNA reporters to study and engineer gene regulation. She is broadly interested in biotech, particularly in gene and cell therapy, microbial therapeutics, and genomics. In her free time, Jinyoung enjoys trying new restaurants, playing board games, and hiking.

  • Alison Hung

    Allison is a PhD candidate in the Arkin Lab at UC Berkeley, where she uses barcoded gain-of-function libraries to study gut microbial adaptation. She is broadly interested in the biotech startup space, and in applying synthetic biology towards innovative solutions. In her free time, Allison enjoys clever wordplay and excellent cuisine.

  • Charlie Johnson

    Charlie is graduate student in the Ellington Lab at the University of Texas at Austin. Charlie’s research focuses on engineering transcription factors to act as biological sensors for the rapid validation of engineered enzymes and as diagnostic tools. Before graduate school, they received their B.Sc. in Biomedical Engineering from Texas A&M University with a focus in cellular engineering. Outside of the lab, Charlie likes to play Dungeons & Dragons with their fellow Ph.D. students.

  • Gavriela Carver

    I am currently an NSF Graduate Research Fellow in the Donia Lab at Princeton University. Here my research centers on ecologically and functionally relevant host-microbe interactions in marine symbioses. Before pursuing a graduate degree at Princeton, I completed my undergraduate work at Cornell University studying plant pathology in the Perry Lab, followed by research in the Badran Lab at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard where I developed tools for bacterial genetic code expansion.

  • Meagan Olsen

  • Beth DiBiase

    I am a first-year Chemical and Biological Engineering graduate student at Northwestern University. I received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry from Northeastern University where I conducted research in the lab of Dr. Abigail Koppes and completed 3 co-ops in the biotechnology industry. I am interested in bridging the gap between natural and synthetic vesicles to design more efficient therapeutics and vaccines.

  • Ross Klauer

    My name is Ross Klauer and I am a graduate student at the University of Delaware. Under the co-advisement of Dr. Kevin Solomon and Dr. Mark Blenner, I work to discover the microorganisms and enzymes within the gut of the yellow mealworm which contribute to plastics degradation and engineer these organisms do develop a plastics upcycling process.

  • Andrew Short

    Dedicated researcher interested in using biotech to improve the conditions of life. I’m fascinated with the detailed molecular mechanisms that make life possible, understanding how they go wrong to cause disease, and innovating creative solutions to fix them. I love meeting the people involved in this space and helping make connections, because I find that most everyone shares my motivations and wants to help to improve our amazing world. I’m especially keen on helping the Atlanta biotech and life sciences scene reach its full (incredible) potential.

  • Riley Fricke

    I am a 4th year PhD student in the Department of Chemistry at UC Berkeley. After getting my BS in chemistry from UCLA I began my graduate studies at Yale, then transferred to UC Berkeley when my advisor, Alanna Schepartz, transferred schools. I intend to graduate in 2023 and then work in biotech at some point.

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