I have always been interested in exploration, and developing space technologies that will expand our habitable frontier. As we prepare ourselves to become a space faring species in the next few decades, there is a need for developing new technologies that will enable us to not only withstand but thrive in harsh environments. I believe by building a moon base, we will also learn how to use the same technologies to increase the sustainability of earth-bound communities.
Science! biotechnology and space exploration. Sailing, Biking.
- 2013-2014, Cambrian Genomics, Senior Research Scientist
- 2012-2013, Universal Bio Mining, Senior Research Scientist
- 2011 Brown-Stanford iGEM Team, Graduate Student Advisor
- 2008 U. Hawaii iGEM Team, Graduate Student Advisor
- 2003-2006, Biogen Idec, Boston, Protein Evolution, Antibody Engineering, Cheminformatics, Protein Engineering
- 2002, Pharmacopeia, New Jersey, Cheminformatics
- 2006-, PhD Candidate, Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa
- 2001-2003, MS, Bioinformatics, Northeastern University
- 1996-2000, BS, Biology, University of California Santa Barbara
- Massively parallel gene synthesis, verification and assembly platform (Cambrian Genomics)
- Bioleaching of sulfide ores for gold and copper using chemolithotrophic bacteria (Universal Biomining)
- In-Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) of Lunar & Martian regolith (NASA SBIR Grant)
- Horizontal transfer and characterization of carboxysomes from Halothiobacillus neapolitanus to E. coli
- Cyanobacteria Synechocystis sp. PCC6803, inorganic carbon uptake and fixation, PHB biosynthesis.
- Hawaiian Algal Database (HADB): database specializing on morphology and DNA sequence data of Hawaiian algae.
- Hawaiian Fresh Water Algal Database (HfwADB): database on freshwater algae of the Hawaiian Islands.
I will contribute my expertise in microbiology and bio-mining to develop new building materials. I would like to explore the use of biotechnology to recycle waste-stream to combine it with regolith, and for the bioextraction of rock-bound resources.
biomining and synthetic biology
My expertise is mostly in biology: specifically computational biology, genetics, microbiology and synthetic biology. I worked in the R&D department at several biotechs in Boston and San Diego applying computational biology to the field of protein engineering. I traveled to Hawaii to pursue a degree in Molecular Biology to work on cyanobacterial carbon-sequestration. Eventually I joined Universal Biomining (bioleaching with extremophiles), and Cambrian Genomics (DNA synthesis technology).