Michael Ream

Background:

I am currently a senior in Chemical Engineering.

I was born and raised in Somerset. A small town in the mountains of western PA, where not much of anything happens. I am a very big fan of Pittsburgh sports teams, and sports in general my favorite being basketball. I am a huge fan of almost all music and attempt to play bass guitar and piano.

I have been working with Dr. Curtis in his lab since my sophomore year. I originally joined the lab to explore the alternative energy applications of algae biofuels. Shortly after, I became interested in the incredible capabilities of the biological world. His diverse lab has fueled my curiosity and allowed me to grow as a researcher. I was able to work on a variety of projects including my current project of making glowing plants!


Projects:

I began by working on a method to easily and effectively separate Botryococcus braunii from a solution or fresh water sample. The project was affectionately nicknamed “Botry Kits” and was later passed to underclassmen looking to work in the algae field.


I then researched and constructed the ThorLab optical imaging equipment in lab as part of the DARPA Insect Allies project. I trained numerous personnel on the use of the equipment and generated training materials on the use of the optics. I also designed a similar microscope for our collaborators in UFL and UTSA. I remain the primary contact for upgrades and use on the optical equipment in the lab.

Currently, I am working on my own project to generate glowing plants! I am attempting to integrate a luciferin biosynthesis pathway into the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana. I am using a circadian clock based promoter to only have the bioluminescence active at night. Hopefully, I will have exciting pictures of glowing plants soon.


Publications/Presentations:  


2018 REU presentation poster and slides


Awards:  


- Dean’s List 2016-2019

- Summer Research Fellowship for Chemical Engineering 2018

- McWhirter Scholarship in Chemical Engineering 2018-2019

- Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Scholarship 2019


Contact Information:


Phone:  8142333531

Email: mjr6001@psu.edu

Personal Email (not checked daily): mjream888@gmail.com


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Lab Rat,
Jun 10, 2019, 2:15 PM