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  Principal investigator  
 

 

Cong T. Trinh, Ph.D.

Ferguson Faculty Fellow

Postdoc: Energy Biosciences Institute, UC Berkeley

Ph.D.: Chemical Engineering, University of Minnesota

B.S.: Chemical Engineering, University of Houston

Email: ctrinh@utk.edu

 
  Honors/Awards: Chancellor Research & Creative Achievement/Professional Promise Award (2018); TCE Professional Promise in Research Award (2018); Ferguson Faculty Fellow (2017), DARPA YFA Award (2017); ASEE New Researcher Award (2017); CBE Outstanding Teaching Award (2017); NSF CAREER Award (2016); Thomas & Ruth Clark Chemical Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award (2016); CoE Professional Promise in Research Award (2016); CBE Outstanding Teaching Award (2014); Professional Development Award (2014).

 

 

 

  Postdoctoral researchers  
 

 

 

Dr. Seunghyun Ryu

Project: Harnessing Y. lipolytica metabolism for novel chemical biosynthesis

Email: sryu2@utk.edu

 

 

  Graduate students  
 

 

 

Caleb Walker, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

B.S.: Chemical Engineering, University of Tennessee, Chantanooga

Project: Elucidating complex cellular metabolism by OMICS integration

Email: fyz692@vols.utk.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Mendoza, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

B.S.: Chemistry, Stanford University

Project: Developing CRISPR-Cas genome editing tools for non-model organisms

Email: bmendoz1@vols.utk.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Sergio Garcia, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

B.S.: Chemical Engineering, Spain

Project: Computational Biology

Email: sgarciam@utk.edu

 
 

 

 

 

Jong-won Lee, Energy Science and Engineering

M.S.: Bioengineering, Seoul National University, Korea

Proejct: Design, construction, and validation of modular cells

Email: biojwlee@gmail.com

 
 

 

 

 

Hyeongmin Seo, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

B.S.: Bioengineering, Konkuk University, Korea

Proejct: Design, construction, and validation of modular cells

Email: hseo5@vols.utk.edu

 
 

 

 

John George, Energy Science and Engineering

M.S.: Energy, Texas A&M

Project: Computational Biology

Email: jvincen9@vols.utk.edu

 

 

  Technicians  
   

 

 

 

 

David Arellano, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Email: mkubis@vols.utk.edu

 

  Undergraduate students  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Kubis, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Project: C. thermocellum fermentation

Email: mkubis@vols.utk.edu

 

 

 

Katherine Krouse, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Project: Developing CRISPR-Cas genome editing tools for non-model organisms

Email: kkrouse4@vols.utk.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Jared Clements, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Project: Developing CRISPR-Cas genome editing tools for non-model organisms

Email: jclemen7@vols.utk.edu

 

 

 

Dylan Chitin, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Project: Developing CRISPR-Cas genome editing tools for non-model organisms

Email: dchitwo1@vols.utk.edu

 

 

 

 

 

Preston Nicely, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Project: Design, construction, and validation of modular cells

Email: rlaurel@vols.utk.edu

   

 

 

John Caruthers, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Project: Developing CRISPR-Cas genome editing tools for non-model organisms

Email: dchitwo1@vols.utk.edu

 

  Alumni  
 

Postdoctoral researchers

Dr. Narayan Niraula (postdoc, 01/2012-03/2014; currently with Pfizer Inc.)

Dr. Adam Thompson (postdoc, 05/2016- 10/2016; currently with Abbvie Inc.)

Dr. Donovan Layton (postdoc, 12/2016-03/2017; currently with Zymergen Inc.)

Dr. Charles Phillips (postdoc, 12/2017-04/2018)

 
 

Graduate students

David Flowers (master, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; 09/2011-08/2012; currently pursuing Ph.D. at M.I.T.)

Lorenzo Briganti (visiting master student, Microbiology, Brazil; 02/2012-08/2012)

Paulo Avila (visiting PhD student, Microbiology, Brazil; 02/2012-12/2012)

Michael Wierzbicki (master, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; 07/2011-07/2013; currently with Dupont Industrial Biosciences)

Yan Liu (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; 01/2013-05/2014)

Matthew Entler (Genome Science Technology, rotation, 01/2015-05/2016)

Andrew Kirkpatrick (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, 09/2015-05/2016)

Adam Thompson (Energy Science and Engineering, Ph.D., 09/2011- 05/2016)

Donovan Layton (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Ph.D., 09/2011- 12/2016)

 
 

Undergraduate students

Kevin Spellman (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UTK; 02/2011-12/2011, pursuing medical school)

Genesis Minter (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering; 09/2011-08/2012)

Katie Lutes (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UT; 02/2011-09/2012)

Chris Ludtka (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UT; 09/2012-12/2012)

Akshitha Yarrabothula (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UT; 02/2011-17/2013; pursuing Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai)

Patrick Caveney (Biomedical Engineering, UT; 01/2013-08/2013, pursuing PhD in Energy Science and Engineering at UT)

Ivan Geigerman (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UT; 05/2013-12/2013; currently with Ethicon Johnson & Johnson, Athens, Georgia.

Sergio Garcia (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UT; 01/2014-09/2014, pursuing PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UT)

Julie Hipp (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UT; 09/2012-07/2015, pursuing PhD in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Delaware)

D.J. Conner (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UT; 11/2013-05/2015, pursuing Wake Forest School of Medicine at North Carolina)

Andrew Kirkpatrick (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UT; 09/2014-09/2015, pursuing graduate study at UT)

Mathias Lanteli (visiting student, Biotechnology, The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, 07/2015-09/2015)

Jordan Leith (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UT; 01/2016-08/2016)

Sterling Kolar (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UT; 01/2016-08/2016)

Rebecka Stockgard (visiting student, Biotechnology, The Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden, 06/2016-08/2016)

Chachthida (Junie) Sukttjavanich (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UT; 04/2016-12/2016)

Brandon Wilbanks (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UT; 05/2012-06/2017, pursuing graduate study at Mayo Clinic School of Medicine, MN)

Abby Link (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UT; 01/2017-05/2017, currently pursuing internship at ORNL, TN)

Neel Patel (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UT; 01/2016-09/2017)

Jay Patel (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UT; 01/2017-12/2017)

Ralph Lauren (Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, UT; 01/2018-02/2018)

 

High-school students

Brandon Wilbanks (Powel high school; 05/2012-05/2013, pursuing a B.S degree in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at UTK)

Sabrina Collins (Gibbs high school, 06/2013-08/2013)

 

  Updated on 05.12.2018