See the lists below for a general overview of the alumni from CurtisLab, their position in the lab, and current position (if known). For more in-depth information about our alumni, including their publications from CurtisLab, please see the master list:
Marena TraugerBioreactors for Plant PropagationPapers: Low Cost Plant PropagationCurrently employed at Merck - West Point
April HileChocolate Tree Propagation in Temporary Immersion Bioreactors Papers: Low Cost Plant PropagationCurrently employed at Catalent
Mariela TorresPlant Virus Transmission in Axenic Tissue CultureCurrently employed at Hershey Medical CenterLinkedIn
Nadia WatertonDigital Media and Image Analysis SupportPapers: Low cost Whitefly Colony
Vijay ReddyPlant Gene Therapy - Viral Complementation PlantsPapers: GM Cannabis review
(Aliya) Fathima AnwarInsecticidal Plants; Transgenic Tomato expressing viral functions; 2020 Lab web pageLinkedIn ;Department of Bioinformatics, Saveetha University, INDIA
Michael ReamOptics bench design for bioluminescence & Fluorescence microscopyMIT Graduate SchoolLinkedIn ; MIT Graduate School.
David KrumTransgenic tomato with apoplastic mCherry; modeling PCR failure; Honors Thesis (Anti HIV transmission). Poster axenic whitefly / virus transmission; LinkedIn MIT Graduate School
Jishnu Bhatt '20Yam Propagation - Lab Rotation
Sarah Jean Johnson MS '18Chemical Eng.
Brielle Hohne '18Yam Propagation
Tina Lai MS '16Thesis: Enhancement of somatic embryoenesis in Theobroma cacao using phtyosyanin-like-1 arabinogalacan (PLA) protein domains.LinkedIn ; MS. Bioinformatics from NYU. Open Plant Community Project.
Jun Wang '15Lab Profile ; Thesis: Improving process efficiency of algae based biofuel and bioproduct production using metabolism based pH control. CEO, Algae Startup
Sergio Florez PhD '15Thesis: Improving plant propagation through the manipulation of the genetic and physical environment. LinkedIN ; Senior Fermentation Engineer, Gingko Bioworks Lab Profile (2016)
Nymul Khan PhD '15PNNL; ChemvitaLab Profile (2015)
Mustafa Erbakan PhD '14Currently professor at Bozok University, TurkeyLinkedIN
Trevor Zuroff PhD '14Thesis: Engineering a microbial consortium for lignocellulosic biofuel productionHome School Experiments < Shell OilLab profile (2014)
Manuel Escotet MS '13Merck < PhD Rutgers Lab profile (2012)
Megerle Scherholz MS '12PhD at RutgersCurrently employed at Merck
Amalie Tuerk MS '11PhD at U Delaware
Jeff Larsen PhD '11Thesis: Engineering High-Level Transient Expression of Heterologous Proteins in Plant Cell Suspensions and Hairy RootsLinkedIN ; Engineer, Dow AgroSciences
Lisa Grady MS '10Med School, University of New England
Waqas Khatri MS '10Engineer Ittehad Chemicals, Pakistan
Kristin O'Neill MS '05Merck
Jason Collens PhDPaula Garcia MSPatrick Asplund PhDLia Tescione PhDDivakar Ramakrishnan PhDRandhir Shetty MSColleen Merritt PhDAmy Bonser PhD
Lab Technician Alumni
Walter McVeyDARPA Project Integrator ; LinkedIN ; Biotech Consultant
Flavia AmarieiDARPA Project Integrator ; LinkedIN ; Anser, Advisor for Defense contracting
Roland Leach Sp '20Lab manager
Elliot Killian DARPA Project Integrator ; LinkedIN;
Declan Dean Sp/Su '18DAPA Project Integrator ; LinkedIN ; Avery Dennison < B.S. ChE '16 U Mass
Benson Chong Su/Fa '17B.S. BMB '15 Penn State Univ.
April Hile '14 - '17NSF BREAD; DARPA Insect Allies ; LinkedIN ; Catalant Pharmaceutical.
Ben Geveke '12Alginator Currently employed at Heinz
Ryan Johnson '11 - '13B.S. Chemical Eng. '11 Penn State Univ.ARPA-E
Chenchen Yuan Fa '19 - Sp '20Algae BiofuelsPhD candidate, China
Krishnan Sreenivas Sp/Su '16Plant Propagation Bioreactors; Algal BioremediationSRM University, PhDResearch Gate
Gabriel Paulo de Souza Su/Fa '14Brazil
Ramya MohandassMetagenomics & BiofuelsProfessor SRM Institute of Science and TechnologyResearch Gate
Tim Miskimmin Winter '11University of Canterbury, New Zealand
Salvador Barri '11 - '12
Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program Alumni
Alan de Andrade, ASU
Paulo Joadi, UNM
Rachel Kopperschmidt, ASU/AIU
Anne Kelly Santos Lima, FUA/NCSU
Mainara Muhl, FURG/ADU
Marcia Rodrigues, NAU
All from summer 2015
Honors Student Alumni
Hinkal Patel '21Botryococcus hydrocarbon productivity analysisLab profile ; 2021 ChE Honors Thesis - Development of an Analytic Method to Determine Algae Potential as Industrial Feedstocks for Biofuel Production ; LinkedIN
David Krum '21Lab Profile ; 2021 ChE Honors Thesis - A Low-Cost Kit for the Purification of a Mannan-Binding Lectin Preventing HIV Transmission ; 2021 Grad MIT ;
Lucas Nugent '20ChE Honors Thesis - First Principles Airlift Photobioreactor for the Energy Balance of Microalgae for Biofuels Applications ; Research Gate
Mike Cover '20ChE Honors Thesis - Low-Cost Laboratory Equipment Monitoring and AutomationLinkedIn: Ensign in the Navy !
Michael Lind '20ChE Honors thesis - Hydrocarbon production of Botryococcus braunii race B under varying culture conditionsLinkedIN: Altera Energy < PPG Industries
Marena Trauger '19Lab Profile ; ChE Honors Thesis - Temporary Immersion Bioreactors: Developments Towards Yam Propagation and African Food Security ; LinkedIN Currently at Merck Pharmaceutial
Ryan Jones '18BP, Exxon Mobil
Eva Mei Shouse '182112 Lab Profile ; Microbiology Honors Thesis - Heterologous expression of pytocyaidin-like arabinogalactan protein from Dioscorea rotundata as a potential treatment to promote somatic embryogenesis ; PSU Personal website PhD Candidate NC State?
Haonan Xu '18JHU M.S.
Erik Curtis '16ChE Honors Thesis: Development of the marine Cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. PCC 7002 as a scalable low-cost photoautotrophic protein production platformCurrently employed at Merck)
Nate Hamaker '13Lab Profile ; Honors Thesis ; LinkedIN Paper - Plant propagation Bioreactor'16, U. Delaware
Katie LegenskiHonors Thesis ; LinkedINGlaxo-Smith-Kline; J&J
Olga Vinogradova '16Lab Profile ; Honors Thesis ; LinkedINPhD candidate Carnegie Mellon
Rachel Erwin '15Lab Profile 2015 ; ChE Honors Thesis - Methods for enhancing somatic embryogenesis in Theobroma cacao ; LinkedIN ; Paper Co-author. Regeneron
Justin Yoo '14ChE Honors Thesis: Establishment and Maintenance of Axenic Botryococcus braunii race B Algae Culture; LinkedIN; NSF Graduate Fellow; PhD USCB ; Currently at Notch Therapeutics
Reed Taylor '14Regeneron; Harvard MBA
Matt Curtis '13Dual Degree with Honors in Chemical Eng and Biochemstry and Molecular Biology: ChE Honors Thesis: Novel Temporary Immersion Bioreactor Allows the Manipulation of Headspace Composition to Improve Plant Tissue Propagation; BMB honors Thesis: Cloning of insecticidal BT genes for application to protection of mushrooms from fungus gnats Lab Profile 2013, Linked In ; NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. MS, Cal Tech
Sydney Shaw '12Honors Thesis ; LinkedINGenzyme; Resiliance Pharmaceutical,
John Myers '12ChE Honors Thesis - The Scaled-up Process Design and Economic Analysis of an Electrofuels Platform for Producing Botryococcene as an Alternative Transportation Fuel ; LinkedIN ; Paper Primary Author (> 200 citations)Motiva Oil --> Monroe Energy LLC
Christine Taylor '12Honors Thesis
Brandon Curtis '11;UC Berkeley, M.S.
Ben Woolston '11Honors Thesis ; PhD at MIT Currently professor at Northeastern University
Adam Nebzydoski '10ABEC Inc.
Amalie L. Tuerk '05M.S. at UDelaware (Lee Lab)
Brian C. Werner '05Co-author - blood damage in turbulence ; M.D. Wake Forest '09Orthopedic surgery, UVA Health
Greg M. Thurber '03PhD MIT/HarvardProfessor at Univ. of Michigan
Laura J. Sailer '03Currently employed at Merck
Hallie Brink '02PhD UPenn
Karen E. Jerardi '02M.D. UPitt, Instructor, UC Pediatrics
Abdulehameed Aziz '00Honors Thesis ; Primary author ; M.D. WashU
Amy Hsiao '99Evelo Biosciences, Director of Pharmaceutical development LinkedIN
Tracy Y. Hsiao '98PhD UC Berkeley
Sean Holihan '93Merck & Co.
James Corry '92Merck & Co.
Christopher J. Justin '09 Benjamin Wong '05 Amy M. Seeman '03 Christopher J. Wigoda '02 Sara E. Leister '00 Taylor Maher '14 Patrick Hillery '14 Casy A. Carlos '99 Kristina R. Mann '99 Heather Young '98 Ross Brindle '97 David Henninger '97 Jonathan P. Miller '97 Albert Shung '97 Michelle Brincat '96 Arther Bergman '95 Keith Welp '95 Beth Pearsall (Powell) '94 Melissa S. Baron '93 Leah Sullivan '93 Scott McKelvey '92 Sharon Warmbrodt '91 David Dunlop '90
Kathleen Lauser Kakhramon Mukhmudov Laura Rupnik Andrew Sell Jacob Scoccimerra David Surdich Fahad Taimur Stephanie Tran Steve Tran Erik Wolcott Kevin EptingDavid Martino Robert Huhn Chris Brennan Daniel Galvan Brugal Chris Colona Aaron Ryan Benoit Chelsea Berry Sarah Bien Rachel Fore Grant Gill Andrew MilesHamdan Almarzooqi Michael Aksu
+300 more out there!
REU (non-PSU) Alumni
Kaitlyn Brickey Su '18Lab profile ; PhD Candidate Penn State
Bennett McKinley Su '16Protein Purification NSCU; MD candidate @ Univ. Louisville School of Medicine 2016 Lab Profile ; LinkedIN
Lance Collazos Su '15LSU; LinkedIN ; Currently at P&G
Vanessa Mackley Su '12UMBC 2015
John Michael Su '11Miami University of Ohio
Amy Videon Su '11B.S. Mechanical Eng. at Penn State
Lalit Darunte Su '09PhD candidate at Georgia Tech Currently at IIT Bombay
Emily VoigtKansas State; Infections Disease Research Institute LinkedIN
Lauren AndrewsB.S. Chemical Eng. at CornellLinkedIN ; Currently professor UMass Amherst
Michael Hough Su '14
Shalini Saxena Su '10