People

Robert Jinkerson

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 Hann

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 Russo

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 Harland-Dunaway

Marcus Harland-Dunaway

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.

Claire Mauss

Claire Mauss

Graduate Student
Department of Botany and Plant Sciences
University of California, Riverside
Project: Engineering plants for vertical agriculture

B.S.  Environmental Science and Health, University of Southern California

Justin Hoover

Justin Hoover

Graduate Student
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Riverside
Project: Plant cell cultures

B.S.  Chemical Engineering, University of California, Riverside

Andrés Narvaez

Andres Narvaez

Junior Specialist
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Riverside
Project: SPACE tomatoes

Senior Software Applications Engineer  Yahoo!
B.S. 
Entrepreneurship, Washington State University

Martha Anguiano

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

Sarah Frey

Undergraduate Researcher
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Riverside
Project: Coral Symbiosis

Dang Le

Undergraduate Researcher
Department of Chemical and Environmental Engineering
University of California, Riverside
Project: Algal Biofuels, Heterotrophic growth of algae

Katie Sihavong

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

Other members:

Phung Quan (UCR CEE graduate student, co-advised with Dr. Liu)
Greg Newkirk (UCR Microbiology graduate student, co-advised with Dr. Giraldo)

Andre Young (Arcadia High School, current: Stanford University)
Beatriz Velazquez Benitez (UCR CEE undergraduate)
Katie Sihavong (UCR Microbiology undergraduate)
Harjas Jassal (UCR Biochemistry undergraduate)
Jasmine Lau (UCR Computer Science undergraduate)
Marisol Reveles Trujillo (UCR CEE undergraduate)
Shreya Erva (UCR Bioengineering undergraduate)
Annie Shelton (UCR Neuroscience undergraduate)
Malia Freese (UCR Moreno Valley College undergraduate)

Alumni

Kirsten Louks (UCR CEE undergraduate)
Joseph Torres (UCR Biochemistry undergraduate)
Serene Koudsi (UCR Biology undergraduate)
Erika Nguyen (UCR Biochemistry undergraduate)
Xi Cheng (UCR Biology undergraduate)
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)