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Speakers

7th Annual New York State Biotechnology Symposium

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Plenary Speakers

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Doon Gibbs

Doon Gibbs leads Brookhaven National Laboratory, a multi-program lab with 3,000 employees, more than 4,000 facility users, and an annual budget of more than $700 million. Home to seven Nobel Prizes, Brookhaven has major programs in nuclear and high-energy physics, physics and chemistry of materials, environmental and energy research, nonproliferation, neurosciences and medical imaging, and structural biology. Doon Gibbs earned a B.S. in physics and mathematics from the University of Utah in 1977, and an M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, in 1979 and 1982 respectively. He joined Brookhaven in 1983 as an assistant physicist and progressed through the ranks to become a senior physicist in 2000. Gibbs's managerial experience at Brookhaven includes the posts of Group Leader of X-ray Scattering, Associate and Deputy Chair of Physics, Head of Condensed Matter Physics, Interim Director of the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and Associate Laboratory Director for Basic Energy Sciences. He became Deputy Laboratory Director for Science and Technology in 2007.

Gibbs was instrumental in overseeing the design and construction of Brookhaven's Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and has played a significant role in advancing other major projects including the National Synchrotron Light Source II and Interdisciplinary Science Building. He has also overseen the growth of Brookhaven's basic energy sciences programs, including chemistry, materials science, nanoscience, and condensed matter physics.

Gibbs is a Fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Physical Society.


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Bryan Allinson

Bryan Allinson was named Vice President for Innovation and Partnerships for the Research Foundation for SUNY (RF) in May 2014. In this capacity, he is responsible for coordinating SUNY’s efforts regarding innovation, industry partnering and economic development. Bryan works to coordinate the RF’s efforts to provide expert consultative services for enhanced research support including industry engagement, technology commercialization, new venture creation, research parks, incubators, web/media accelerators, student competitions and other services. In this position, economic development, investor development, business services, government relations, support services and collaborative proposal development report to him. Bryan joins the RF from the University of Texas (UT) System where he served as Executive Director of the Office of Technology Commercialization and Managing Director of the UT Horizon Fund.

Bryan is an active member of the National Association for University Technology Managers (AUTM), National Council of Entrepreneurial Technology Transfer (NCET2) and National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), and has served on the board of several high tech startups. As a member of AUTM, he serves as a co-editor of the licensing and startup metrics committee annual report.


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Eva Cramer

Eva Cramer, Ph.D., is a Distinguished Service Professor of Cell Biology, Vice President for Biotechnology and Scientific Affairs at SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., and President of the Downstate Biotechnology Incubator and BioBAT at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. Dr. Cramer received her Ph.D. from Jefferson Medical School and completed her postdoctoral training at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Columbia University.

As a scientist, Dr. Cramer has published numerous research articles and book chapters in the area of inflammation, was awarded a patent, and received grants from Federal and private agencies.  For her role in teaching and curriculum reform she has received a number of teaching awards.

Dr. Cramer has spearheaded efforts to establish the biotechnology industry in Brooklyn.  Since 2000, she has helped raise more than $90 million, predominantly from city, state, and federal governments. These funds are being used to build an Advanced Biotechnology Incubator, and to develop BioBAT at the Brooklyn Army Terminal as a site for biotechnology expansion and manufacturing. For her work on the Brooklyn biotech initiative she received the Leadership in Urban Health Award from the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health, the Partners in Leadership award from the Research Foundation of the State University of New York, the Chancellor’s Award from the State University of New York, and was made a Distinguished Service Professor in 2006.  


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Martin Schoonen

Martin Schoonen oversees the staff of the Biological, Environmental and Climate Sciences Department, Nonproliferation and National Security Department, and the Nuclear Sciences and Technology Department.The directorate is structured with our vision for Brookhaven as a world-class Laboratory ready to take on the scientific challenges of the future fully utilizing our core competencies, leverages our primary user facilities, and will grow our programs through more effective integration.The EBNN Directorate brings together several strong, mission-aligned departments that we believe can leverage each other and the rest of the Laboratory to grow.

Martin has held a joint appointment with Stony Brook University (SBU) since 2013 as a SBU geochemistry professor. He is an interdisciplinary scientist who has previously served in several administrative positions at SBU, including Associate Vice President for Research, developing large-scale, multidisciplinary proposals and leading multidisciplinary research programs. He played a key role in the development of the proposal leading to the establishment of the Center for Environmental Molecular Science at SBU and Brookhaven Lab. Martin earned a Ph.D. in geochemistry and mineralogy from Pennsylvania State University in 1989.

Schoonen's research areas include environmental molecular chemistry, geocatalysis, medical geology, and astrobiology. An expert in synthesis, surface chemistry, and geochemistry of metal sulfides, in particular iron sulfides, his applied research efforts have included geologic sequestration of hydrogen sulfide and carbon dioxide (CO2), development of mineral-based photocatalysts, and development of acid mine drainage abatement technology. His current research projects focus on the role of iron minerals in subsurface CO2sequestration, the use of metal sulfides as catalysts to degrade organic pollutants, and the role of mineral dust in the onset of lung ailments in US servicemen and women stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Schoonen earned a Ph.D. in geochemistry and mineralogy from Pennsylvania State University in 1989, a Doctoral (equivalent to M.S.) from the University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, in 1984 with a double major in geochemistry as well as physical and colloid chemistry, and Kandidaats (equivalent to B.S.) in Geochemistry, University of Utrecht, The Netherlands, January 1981. He is a member of the American Chemical Society, the American Geological Society, and the International Medical Geology Association.


Concurrent Session Speakers

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Ben Babst

Ben Babst earned a B.S. in Biology at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), a master’s degree focused on plant responses to ultraviolet-B radiation at the University of Maryland College Park, and a Ph. D. at Tufts University with a focus on plant physiological and molecular responses to herbivory. After conducting postdoctoral research at Michigan Technological University, and the University of Georgia using functional genomics approaches to study phenylpropanoid metabolism in poplar, he moved to Brookhaven National Lab as a Distinguished Goldhaber Fellow, and now is a tenure track scientific staff member, studying basic whole-plant physiology in support of bioenergy crop development.


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    Glynis Berry

    Glynis Berry, AIA, LEED AP, an architect, urban designer and planner, is the Executive Director of Peconic Green Growth. Glynis supervised extensive studies of the LI Sound watershed and the Peconic Estuary on the East End, which included mapping issues, conducting a citizen survey, generating initial engineering reports, and suggesting regulatory and operation changes. She has organized symposia on Decentralized Wastewater Treatment, both in 2011 and 2013. For Peconic Green Growth she wrote a Proposed Methodology for Establishing Need for Decentralized Wastewater Upgrades based on Environmental Conditions, to address wastewater treatment upgrades needed to ensure surface water quality as well as that of drinking water. Glynis is now planning the first NoFo Blue + Green Tour, highlighting environmental best practices, and will manage a pilot of alternative wastewater discharge practices for decentralized systems. Previously Glynis started NYC DOT’s pedestrian and traffic calming program, as well as supervised the bicycle program, where she worked on comprehensive planning issues and developed criteria for the installation of new prototypes that are now part of the department’s tool kit of solutions. She is also a partner in the firm studio a/b architects. She is a graduate of Smith College and Yale School of Architecture (M.Arch).

    Co-Presenting with Bob Eichinger


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    Michelle Blum

    Michelle M. Blum received her B.S. in Physics from the State University of New York at Albany and a second B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2007, M.S. and Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Prior to beginning her doctoral work, she worked for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in the Fluid Systems Design Branch and the Electrostatics and Surface Physics Laboratory. She joined Syracuse University in July 2012 in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department where she currently holds an Assistant Professor position. Dr. Blum’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of Finite Element Analysis, Tribology & Lubrication, and Solid Mechanics. She specializes in high performance materials development and characterization for tribological (friction and wear), structural, and biomedical applications. Her primary research interests are in the development of orthopedic biomaterials, and biomaterial characterization utilizing a combination of experimental techniques, nanoindentation, and computational modeling. Dr. Blum is also interested in characterizing the tribological performance of biological tissues using soft material contact mechanics and simulation.


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Thomas Butcher

Dr. Thomas Butcher is a Research Engineer at Brookhaven National Laboratory serving as Deputy Chair of the Sustainable Energy Technologies Department and Head of the Energy Conversion Group. His long standing research interests include oilheat research, advanced concepts for building heating and cooling, and the application of conventional and biomass fuels in stationary combustion applications. Dr. Butcher is a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning Engineers.


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    Mircea Cotlet

    Mircea Cotlet is a Materials Scientist in the Soft Biological Nanomaterials team at the Center for Functional Nanomaterials at Brookhaven National Laboratory and an Adjunct Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at Stony Brook University. Dr. Cotlet's research focuses on time-resolved single molecule optical studies of hybrid nanomaterials applicable to optoelectronics and biosensing. He has co-authored over 65 peer-reviewed papers in the field of single molecule spectroscopy (Google Scholar h-impact factor 36), 2 patent disclosure applications and presented over 30 invited talks. He is a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Spectroscopy.


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    Sarah Durand

    Sarah E. Durand, PhD, is an Associate Professor in LaGuardia’s Biology Department as well as the Co-Director of the LaGuardia Collegiate Science and Technology Program, which originated and continues to lead LaGuardia’s efforts to study, preserve and restore Newtown Creek. Dr. Durand received her BA in Marine Biology and MA in Ecology and Evolution as a combined degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Department of Biology, and her PhD. from Rutgers University, Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience. In addition to her many educational and academic accolades, Dr. Durand proposed and co-developed the Environmental Science major at LaGuardia under a Title V Promesa grant. The major includes courses in Ecology, Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Sociology and Environmental Science, which were developed in collaboration with colleagues of both the Natural Science and Social Science departments. She also co-directs the Collegiate Science and Technology Program, which supports undergraduate research, and initiated the EDshed Project with a grant from the Hudson River Foundation and in collaboration the North Brooklyn Boat Club. Dr. Durand’s involvement in environmental education and remediation around Newtown Creek led to an invitation from the USEPA to join the Community Advisory Group (CAG) for the Newtown Creek Superfund Site.


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    Bob Eichinger

    Bob Eichinger is an Advisory Consultant & Project Manager for Onsite Engineering, PLLC. He joined Onsite Engineering in 2010 where he teams with Eric Murdock, P.E. to design Innovative/Alternative DWTS systems for Commercial, Residential, Municipal, County, Nonprofit, and Residential clients in New York and Connecticut.  Bob began working in the Innovative/Alternative Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems (DWTS) market in 2007.  He gained approval for and managed the project team for the first installation of an Innovative/Alternative DWTS in Dutchess County in 2009. Bob is a member of the Westchester County Septic Sub-Committee which helps to set the direction and strategy for the 40,000 onsite septic systems in Westchester County. He is a frequent speaker to the numerous stakeholders for potential Innovative/Alternative DWTS throughout New York State. Bob has been an Instructor for the NYS-Onsite Training Network with an emphasis on small community systems since 2012. He received a BS - Finance from the University of Colorado-Denver in 1983.

    Co-Presenting with Glynis Berry


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    Alex Fredrickson

    Alex Fredrickson is a M.S. Candidate in Enology at Cornell University, with research focusing on the addition and retention of tannins in hybrid red wines. Alex received his B.S. in Food Science from the University of Idaho in 2012, where his studies focused on food microbiology. Upon graduation, he worked as a winemaking intern at E&J Gallo’s Sonoma facility in Healdsburg, CA, and as a harvest cellar intern at Church Road Winery in Hawke’s Bay, New Zealand. In 2014, Alex received the Best Enology Paper award from the American Society of Enology and Viticulture – Eastern Section for his work on exogenous tannin additions during red hybrid winemaking.


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    Geoffrey Girnun

    Dr. Girnun received his PhD from the University of Iowa where he worked on the regulation of gene expression by fatty acids and nuclear receptors. After his graduate work, he did a postdoctoral fellowship at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School in the Laboratory of Dr. Bruce Spiegelman where he worked on the role of PPARgamma and cancer.  In 2007 Dr. Girnun was recruited by the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore where he began working on regulation of metabolic pathways in cancer, with a focus on transcription and the transcriptional coactivator PGC1alpha.  In 2013 Dr. Girnun joined Stony Brook University in the Department of Pathology and as Director of Cancer Metabolomics in the Stony Brook Cancer Center.  His research has expanded into how specific oncogenic changes can lead to particular metabolic changes.  His lab has a strong interest in how these metabolic alterations can be used to identify particular patient populations who would most benefit from therapies targeting pathways that control these metabolic changes.


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Gerard Honig

Gerard Honig is the founder and CEO of Symbiotic Health, a New York biotechnology company. Gerard trained in pathogenesis at UCSF, NYU and the Feinstein Institute. In 2013, he founded Symbiotic Health to develop microbiome-based therapeutics to address emerging public health challenges. He has received numerous awards for this work, including the NYBIO Life Science Entrepreneurship Fellowship and the 2014 Peggy Lillis Memorial Foundation Innovator’s Award.


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Javier Izquierdo

Javier Izquierdo is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biology at Hofstra University. Research in Dr. Izquierdo's lab focuses on exploring the metabolic diversity of microbial processes and the applications we can derive from them. He utilizes cross-disciplinary approaches incorporating microbiological, ecological, evolutionary, molecular and genomic techniques to 1) examine the contributions of microbial communities to environmental processes in terrestrial and aquatic environments and 2) discover novel microbial metabolic capabilities that can be turned into biotechnological applications for industry. Dr. Izquierdo holds a B.Sc. in Biology from Case Western Reserve University and a Ph.D. in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.


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Murty Kambhampati

Murty Kambhampati holds a Ph.D. from Jackson State University in Environmental Science and a Ph.D. from Andhra University, India in Ecology. Over the years, he established excellent collaborations with Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in Long Island, New York; Dowling College, Tulane University, Louisiana State University’s Louisiana Biomedical Network, and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON), Cocodrie, LA to place students for summer internships and ecological field trips. He is an active research mentor for undergraduates; and serves as the PI and Co-PI on funded state and federal grants and is SUNO’s Beta Kappa Chi/National Institute of Science chapters’ sponsor. His work as a mentor resulted in his receiving several awards including the 2012-2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) and a National Role Model Faculty Award from Minority Access, Inc., in 2008. His research interests are: Phytoremediation, Environmental Toxicology, Ecological Studies on Coastal Ponds, and Environmental Biotechnology.


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Ellen Li

Dr. Ellen Li, MD, PhD, a gastroenterologist and research scientist, is Chief of the Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology in the Department of Medicine at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Dr. Li oversees the clinical, research and training of a Division that specializes in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the digestive tract and liver. Dr. Li’s major research interest is on defining the role of the gut microbiome in digestive diseases, particularly inflammatory bowel diseases, colon cancer, and functional GI disorders (e.g. irritable bowel syndrome). Since coming to Stony Brook in 2009, Ellen has launched an interdepartmental Digestive Diseases Biobanking Core, with the generous support of the Simons Foundation, that will provide an infrastructure that encourages collaborations between clinicians and basic scientists in conducting clinical translational research. She is the author of 77 peer-reviewed articles and several chapters in the Textbook of Gastroenterology. Dr. Li participates in the training of medical students, residents, and fellows at the Stony Brook University School of Medicine.


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Chang-Jun Liu

Chang-Jun (C.-J.) Liu is a Plant Biochemist in the Biological, Environmental and Climate Sciences Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory and an Adjunct Professor in the Biochemistry & Cell Biology Department of at Stony Brook University. He obtained his Ph.D. in Plant Molecular Biology and Biochemistry in 1999 from Shanghai Institute of Plant Physiology, the Chinese Academy of Sciences. At BNL, he adopts the integrated approaches of biochemistry, molecular genetics, protein structural biology, and protein engineering approaches to elucidate the biosynthesis and metabolic regulation of plant (poly)phenolics, and the plant cell wall biogenesis. He has published 50 peer-reviewed papers and obtained four issued US patents. Chang-Jun Liu is a member of the Biochemistry and Structural Biology Graduate Program, Stony Brook University, and an overseas member of International Collaborative Research Initiative for Plant Metabolism, the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He is currently a Review-Editor of the journal of Frontiers in Plant Metabolism and Chemodiversity.


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Sergei Maslov

Sergei Maslov leads the team of scientists at BNL, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and Yale University constructing Systems Biology Knowledgebase. In addition to Brookhaven this DOE-wide effort involves scientists from Lawrence Berkley, Argonne, and Oak Ridge National Labs. Systems Biology Knowledgebase is aimed to integrate and make broadly accessible everything we know or can learn about plants and microbes from the genetic and molecular to the organism and systems level. The BNL-led effort concentrates on genotype-to-phenotype relations and complex biomolecular networks in plants.


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Sarah Meyland

Sarah J. Meyland is the co-director of the Center for Energy, Environment and Economics at NYIT. She is also an associate professor in the master’s program in environmental technology in the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences. In 2006, Ms. Meyland was named the Director of the Center for Water Resources Management at NYIT. Her area of expertise is water and groundwater issues. In New York, she has served in a number of positions both inside and outside of government. Ms. Meyland has written and spoken extensively on issues relating to groundwater protection, water management, environmental policy, and environmental planning. Her efforts also include the development of several important state laws to protect Long Island’s groundwater. She has served on numerous advisory boards at the local, state, and federal levels concerned with groundwater and water resources, environmental quality, public health, and national security.  Ms. Meyland’s educational background includes bachelor’s degrees in English (University of North Carolina at Greensboro), geological oceanography (Humboldt State University), marine biology (Humboldt State University, California); a master's in water resource management (Texas A&M University), and a J.D. (St. Johns University School of Law). Ms. Meyland is a licensed attorney in New York State.


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Jin Montclare

Dr. Jin Kim Montclare is an Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, who is performing groundbreaking research in engineering proteins to mimic nature and, in some cases, work better than nature. She works to customize artificial proteins with the aim of targeting human disorders, drug delivery and tissue regeneration as well as create nanomaterials for electronics.

Prior to joining NYU-Poly, Montclare was a postdoctoral fellow at the California Institute of Technology in the Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering. She received a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Fordham University in 1997, a Master of Science and a PhD in Bioorganic Chemistry from Yale University in 2001 and 2003, respectively. Her honors and awards include the Executive Leadership in Academic Technology and Engineering. Fellowship, American Chemical Society PROGRESS /Dreyfus Lectureship, the Dreyfus Special Grants Program Award, the Air Force Office of Scientific Research Young Investigator Award, the Wechsler Award for Excellence, the Othmer Junior Fellow Award, the National Institute’s of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation Pre-doctoral Fellowship.


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Allison Oakes

Allison Oakes has been working for the American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project since 2006. She is currently aPhD Candidate in Plant Science and Biotechnology at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry and aims to graduate in December 2015. Her current area of research is improving micropropagation of American chestnut, specifically root formation and acclimatization. She has also investigated optimal shoot forcing regimes for optimal culture establishment, environmental variables in the rooting and post-rooting stage, ex vitro rooting, and fertilization treatments. To date she has established over twenty species in aseptic culture, including the heritage Robin Hood Oak on ESF's campus.


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Barbara Panessa-Warren

Dr. Panessa-Warren holds undergraduate and graduate degrees (B.A.,MS,Ph.D) from New York University with training in botany, field ecology, mammalian cell biology, anatomy, and electron microscopy/ x-ray microanalysis. After graduating she was a NIH post-doctoral fellow at the NYU MedicalSchool, Dept. of Biophysics and Physiology and joined the faculty at Stony Brook University Medical School in 1977. She was alsoa faculty member at St.Vincents Hospital Medical Center, NYC and taught human anatomy/physiology, pathophysiology,medicallaboratorymethods and medical physics. Dr. Panessa-Warren has received several prestigious IBM fellowships and awards; for instance she was the first woman to receive the Burton Medal from the Microscopy Society of America in 1981.

Since 2000 Dr. Panessa-Warren has been at the Brookhaven National Laboratory, where she has worked extensively with developing new protocols to for electron microscopy to study nanoparticle structure/function and their interaction with biological systems.  Recently, she has in collaboration with Dr. Tom Butcher's laboratoryat BNL studied emission nanoparticles produced from wood combustion boilers and stoves, and investigated how these nanoparticlesinteract in vitro withhuman lung epithelial cells.


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Andrew Rockwell

Andrew Rockwell is a member of the winemaking team at Premium Wine Group, a custom crush winery on the North Fork of Long Island, where he has served as Laboratory Director since 2009. Andrew completed his M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Stony Brook University and his B.S. in Materials Science Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. Andrew's time is primarily occupied monitoring fermentation and performing QC checks on the ~500 separate lots of wine at Premium Wine Group. Research interests are focused on wine quality parameters as they relate to vineyard practices and fermentation protocols. In Andrew's spare time he is the winemaker and sole proprietor for his own wine brand Rockwell Wines.


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Eric Stevens

Eric Stevens (B.S. chemistry) is a recent graduate from SUNY-ESF in Syracuse, NY. Eric's interest in biotechnology stems from a background of chemistry and renewable energy related research.During the summer of 2014, Eric was selected to participate in an NSF-funded biological systems engineering internship at Auburn University, where he worked on biochemically converting pretreated biomass into butanol.Eric's senior thesis, the subject of his presentation, further reflects this interest, as he attempted to promote the synthesis of biodiesel molecules in genetically engineered E. coli.


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Camila Tahim

Camila Tahim is a M.S Candidate of Enology at Cornell University. Being a Brazilian native, she received her B.S in Food Engineering from Campinas State University. Her research focuses on optimizing aroma expression in Riesling wines by managing fermentation nutrition, in both inoculated and spontaneous fermentations. Prior to joining Cornell, Camila worked for Procter & Gamble for 7 years, and she is excited to be now part of the wine industry.


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Ryan Tappero

Ryan Tappero earned a B.S. in Soil Science and a M.S. in Soil Chemistry at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a Ph.D. in Environmental Soil Chemistry at the University of Delaware in the laboratory of Dr. Donald L. Sparks.  His research focuses on the transformation, speciation and bioavailability of trace elements in soil and the rhizosphere, and the mechanisms of uptake, metabolism and tolerance in plants.  After conducting postdoctoral research at the National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) under the direction of Dr. Lisa Miller, he assumed the position of Spokesperson and Lead Scientist at Beamline X27A.  Ryan works to develop synchrotron-based X-ray imaging methods and apply them to problems in biogeochemistry.  At the National Synchrotron Light Source-II (NSLS-II), he serves as the Lead Scientist for the XFM beamline, an X-ray Fluorescence Microscope optimized for the biological, geological and environmental science communities.  He is also a development team member for the Tender-Energy Spectroscopy (TES) beamline at NSLS-II.


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Rebecca Trojanowski

Rebecca Trojanowski received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is now currently working towards here Ph.D. She is an Associate Staff Engineer in the Energy Conversion Group at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, NY. Her interests focus primarily on technical solutions to advance building energy systems, fossil fuel reduction, and emissions. Some of her research and development areas include advanced HVAC concepts, biofuels, solid fuels, air pollution, combustion and system concepts.


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Kenneth Yancey

Kenneth Yancey received his B.S. and M.S. from Clarkson University and presently is a Ph.D. student at Cornell University. He is a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow and EAPSI Fellow and has several publications in the area of DNA nanotechnology, nucleic acid detection and responsive polymers. His interests lie in these areas as well as the production of therapeutics via cell-free protein production.


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Benjamin Zegarelli

Benjamin Zegarelli obtained a Master of Science in Organic Chemistry in 2008 from the California Institute of Technology and graduated from the School of Law, Yeshiva University (J.D.) in 2013.He has worked for various entities in the health care industry and was a research chemist in the Discovery Group of a major research-based pharmaceutical and health care company, where he developed synthetic routes to myriad antidepressant/anxiolytic drug candidates. Mr. Zegarelli also previously interned at the Medicare Rights Center's federal policy office in Washington.