People

Robert

Assistant Professor, Principle Investigator
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
Department of Botany and Plant Sciences
University of California, Riverside

Simons Fellow of the Life Sciences Research Foundation, Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford University (Jonikas Lab)
Ph.D Applied Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines (Posewitz Lab)
B.S. Biological Engineering, University of Missouri (Forgacs Lab)

Elizabeth

Graduate Student
Department of Botany and Plant Sciences
University of California, Riverside

Project: Lipid Accumulation in Chlamydomonas and
Endosymbiotic Gene Transfer

B.S. Environmental Systems (Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution), University of California, San Diego

While at UCSD, I worked at the Salk Institute in the lab of Joe Ecker. I also had the opportunity to work in the lab of Bianca Brahamsha at Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Before starting graduate school at UCR, I worked at Synthetic Genomics on the algal biofuels program funded by ExxonMobil.

Joseph

Graduate Student
Department of Microbiology
University of California, Riverside
Project: Coral Symbiosis

B.S. Molecular Biology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Former UCSB molecular biology major turned to UCR microbiologist. I am investigating the genetic circuitry responsible for the initiation, regulation/maintenence, and degradation of coral symbiosis using the model cnidarian host Aiptasia and the microalgae Symbiodinium minitum.

Marcus

Graduate Student
Department of Botany and Plant Sciences
University of California, Riverside
Project: Space Plants

B.S.  Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology, University of Washington

As a graduate student at UCR, I study engineering plants for growth in confined environments such as vertical farms or the International Space Station.

Martha

Martha Anguiano

Undergraduate Student
Department of Environmental Science
University of California, Riverside
Project: Plastic Degradation

Sarah

Undergraduate Student
Department of Chemical Engineering
University of California, Riverside
Project: Coral Symbiosis

Dang

Undergraduate Student
Department of Biochemical Engineering
University of California, Riverside
Project: Algal Biofuels, Heterotrophic growth of algae

Katie

Undergraduate Student
Department of Microbiology
University of California, Riverside
Project: Algal Biofuels

Other members:

Andre Young (Arcadia High School)
Kirsten Louks (UCR CEE undergraduate)
Joseph Torres (UCR Biochemistry undergraduate)
Serene Koudsi (UCR Biology undergraduate)
Beatriz Velazquez Benitez (UCR CEE undergraduate)
Erika Nguyen (UCR Biochemistry undergraduate)
Harjas Jassal (UCR Biochemistry undergraduate)
Xi Cheng (UCR Biology undergraduate)
Phung Quan (UCR CEE graduate student, co-advised with Dr. Liu)
Greg Newkirk (UCR Microbiology graduate student, co-advised with Dr. Giraldo)

Alumni

Arsani Awadalla (UCR Bioengineering undergraduate)
Carl Mendoza (UCR Microbiology rotation student)
Valerie Ocampo (UCR CEE undergraduate)
Kyra Taylor (UCR Bioengineering undergraduate)
Kira Ramos (UCR Biology undergraduate)
Kristy Dai (UCR Bioengineering Undergraduate)
Jessica Ou (UCR Bioengineering Undergraduate)
Justin Hoover (UCR CEE undergraduate)
Aaron Chi (UCR CEE undergraduate)
Alex Borowsky (UCR Botany and Plant Sciences Rotation student)
Mari Hayashi (UCR Bioengineering undergraduate)
Ran Ye (UCR CEE undergraduate)
Christine Culter (UCR MS Bioengineering)
Pritha Chatterjee (UCR Biochemistry Rotation student)