Barstow Research Team

Department of Biological and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University
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Current Members

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Buz Barstow
Assistant Professor
Biological and Environmental Engineering
PhD in Applied Physics, Cornell University
MSci. in Physics, Imperial College, London

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Brooke Pian, Research Specialist

Brooke is working on knockout collections for chemoautotrophic microbes and oleaginous yeasts.

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Farshid Salimijazi, Graduate Student

Farshid is working on hybrid microbial-electronic photosynthesis.

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Alexa Schmitz, Postdoctoral Researcher

Alexa is working engineering microbes for the extraction and purification of rare earth elements.

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Sean Medin, Graduate Student

Sean is working engineering microbes for the extraction and purification of rare earth elements.

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Sabrina Marecos, Graduate Student

Sabrina is working on engineering Gluconobacter to enhance rare earth element bio-mining.

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Eric Nshimyumukiza, Undergraduate Student

Eric is working on recombineering in Shewanella.

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David Specht, Postdoctoral Researcher

David is working on upgrades to Knockout Sudoku and electromicrobial production.

Kuunemuebari (Don) Mini, Undergraduate Student

Don is working on rare earth element biosorption.

Deniz Sinar, Undergraduate Student

Deniz is working on electromicrobial production.

Canal Li, Undergraduate Student

Canal is working on improving the Knockout Sudoku algorithm.

Yimeng Zeng, Undergraduate Student

Yimeng is working on improving the Knockout Sudoku algorithm.

Alumni



Abby Adams, MEng Researcher

Abby is just get started in the lab, working on whole genome knockout collections.
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Oluwakemi Adesina, Research Specialist

Kemi helped to build new high-throughput genetic screens for the Shewanella oneidensis Knockout collection to investigate the electron shuttling properties and growth of S. oneidensis. Kemi is now pursuing her dreams to be a medical doctor at the Drexel University College of Medicine.

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Isao Anzai, Undergraduate Researcher

Isao helped develop the Shewanella oneidensis Knockout collection and is working on screening the Shewanella Sudoku collection for electron uptake. Isao from Columbia Medical School in May 2021, and is doing his residency at Columbia in cardiothoracic surgery.

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Liat Kugelmass, Undergraduate Researcher

Liat helped create a high-throughput colorimetric assay to screen the Shewanella oneidensis Sudoku collection for electron uptake. Liat now works in Erin Stache's group in Cornell Chemistry.

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Lev Shaket, Research Specialist

Lev helped develop the Shewanella oneidensis Knockout collection. He currently builds software products for the information security industry.

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Bram Baxter, Research Specialist

Bram is working on electron uptake in electroactive microbes, knockout collections for chemoautotrophic microbes and oleaginous yeasts, and high-throughput instrumentation.

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Zac Chen, Undergraduate Researcher

Zac worked on whole genome knockout collections for oleaginous yeasts and now works at Gingko BioWorks.

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Liangyue Song, Undergraduate Researcher

Liangyue is just getting started on the lab, working on electroactive microbes.

Zhengxing Xue, Undergraduate Researcher

Zhengxing is working on automation projects in the lab.

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Sonia Jaidka, MEng Researcher

Sonia helped to build whole genome knockout collections for chemoautotrophic microbes. Sonia now works for Novome in San Francisco, CA.

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Yannie Mei, MEng Researcher

Yannie worked on automation projects in the lab, and now works for Regeneron.

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Don Flood, MEng Researcher

Don now works for Moderna in Cambridge, MA.

Rae Brigham, MEng Researcher

Rae came up with an amazing idea for CO2 mineralization accelerated by microbes.

Wei-Ann Chang, MEng Researcher

Wei-Ann worked on rare earth biosorption, and is currently in the MBA program at Cornell.

Katie Randolph, Graduate Student

Katie is working on Knockout Sudoku and a Ralstonia eutropha knockout collection, and E. coli that eats electricity.

Roan Chadsey, Undergraduate Student

Roan is working on rare earth element biosorption.