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Mark Blenner

Associate Professor
NIH & AHA Postdoc Fellow, Harvard Medical School

PhD Chemical Engineering, Columbia Univeristy
BS Chemical Engineering, Manhattan College

Dr. Blenner's interest is generating systems level data and synthetic biology tools to speed the design, build, test cycle for yeast, mammalian cells, and microbial communities. His group is interested in solving problems in complex environments, such as biomanufacturing, and wild environments outside the lab. He views the most important part of his job as helping students develop as independent creative critical thinkers. Dr. Blenner has won numerous awards including the PECASE and 2021 ACS BIOT Young Investigator Award

 

Graduate Students & Postdocs

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Ayushi Agrawal

PhD Student

Engineering Yeast for Natural Product

BS Chemical Engineering, SRM

MS Chemical Engineering, Rutgers

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VIjay Ganesan

PhD Student

Genetic Tools for Pathway Balancing

BS Chemical Engineering, Anna U.

MS Chemical Engineering, Rutgers

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Phil Gitman

PhD Student

Engineering Synthetic Methylotrophy

BS Chemical Engineering, UConn

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Spencer Grissom

PhD Student

Epigenetic Tools for Biopharmaceuticals

BS Chemical Engineering, Maryland

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Max Hilbert

PhD Student (Clemson)

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Jason Karslake, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Lummy Montiero, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Chris Nauman, PhD

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Enzyme Immobilization

 

BS Chemical Engineering, VT
MS Chemical Engineering, UMD

Engineering Macronutrients frmo Plastic Waste

BS Biophysics, Michigan

PhD Biophysics, Michigan

Microbiome of Plastic Degrading Mealworms

BS Biochemistry, U. Sao Paolo

PhD Biochemistry, U. Sao Paolo

Engineering Macronutrientrs from Plastic Waste

BS Molecular Biology, UMKC

PhD Molecular Biology, UMKC

Dyllan Rives

PhD Student (Clemson)

ER Stress in CHO Cells

BS Chemical Engineering, Auburn

Jyoti Singh, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Engineering the Indoor Microbiome

BS Biotechnology, Shobhit

PhD Biotechnolgoy, IIT Roorkee

Siva Somasundaram, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Engineering Yeast for Oleochemicals

BS Biotechnology, Pondicherry

PhD Biotechnology, Ulsan

Mike Spagnuolo

PhD Student (Clemson)

Engineering Yeast for Biopolymers

BS Chemical Engineering, Ohio St.

MS Chemical Engineering, Akron

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Molly Wintenberg

PhD Student (Clemson)

Microbial Radition Biosensors

BS Chemical Engineering, Tennessee

 

Undergraduates

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Sam Burger

Class of 2023

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Rainer Hlibok

Class of 2022

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Chitraksh Bhatt

Class of 2025

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Luis Garcia Osario

Class of 2023

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Nick Brennan

Class of 2023

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Dheeraj Pedada

Class of 2024

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Audrey Cicerchia

Class of 2023

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Allie Platchek

Class of 2023

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Hayden Tharpe

Class of 2022 (Clemson)

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Jack Werb

Class of 2023

 

Lab Alumni

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Zhiliang Yang

Postdoctoral Fellow (2019-20)

Engineering Yeast for Natural Product

Currently seeking a faculty position.

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Weigao Wang

Graduate Student
(2015-21)

Enzyme & Secretion Engineering 

Currently a Postdoc at Stanford


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Allison Yaguchi

PhD Student
(2014-2020)

Aromatic metabolism in oleaginous yeast

Currently a Postdoc at NREL

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Charles Wang

MS Student
(2018-20)

Mammalian Artificial Chromosome

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Difeng Gao

Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-18)

Yarrowia Metabolic Engineering

Currently at Biomedican, Inc.

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Murri Shabbir Hussain

PhD Student
(2013-2018)

Genetic Tools for Yarrowia

Currently at Abbott Biosciences

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Gabriel Rodriguez

Postdoctoral Fellow
(2014-17)

Yarrowia Metabolic Engineering 

Currently at Ginkgo Biosciences

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A. Nolan Wilson

PhD Student
(2009-14)

Metabolic Modeling

Currently at NREL

 

Additional Lab Alumni

Clemson Students: Meredith Bailey, Taylor Cook, Erika Arvay, Lauren Gambill, Adam Beitz, Sarah Smith, Tatum Sass, Amy Rees, Julia Martone, Sierra Gurtler, Ahmad Alquza, Tara Richbourg, Scott Anglin, Dubby Wiseman, Sam Williams, Rachel Ham, Valarie Peters, Vaishnavi Kanduri, Mariana Holladay, Simon Ciprari, Jude de Konig, Will Burnette, Patrick Dayton, Chlo Forenzo, Cooper Tillman, Joel Watkins, David Kindervater, Matt Brabender, Brice Martin, Lane Norris, Tae Watts, Anna Delahunt, Sarah Dorsey, Sara Edgecomb, Samantha Hutter, Luke Mabry, Kaitlyn O'Neill, Melissa Nolan, Gabby Mochizuki, Caroline Peak, Mitchell Angove, Lexie Adams (Miami), Nicky Franaszek, Zach Williamson, Sean Miller, Morgan Usher, Mia Maciorowski, Cheyanne Brady, Camillo Susecum, Braxton Baird, Grant Smith, Peyton Hudson, Jennifer Cabezas, Sarah Smith, Jillian Laird, Danielle Acker, Elizabeth Huntley, Jenna Schoefield (MSU), Jack Tabb, Erin Mihealsick, Alana Robinson, Phillip Baker, Kaitlyn Scola, Robert Barrett, Vineeth Sama, Tanner Karp, Kylie Burkes, Caroline Moody (NCSU), Emma Ressler, Michael Xie (Ohio), Shanna Pearce, Will Hardy, Mary Kate Rumph, Tiffany Yu, Jeremy Fowler, Sarah Knowles, Parker Hume, Julia Borglin, Jessica Zielinski, Kyle Pazzo, Hayden Campbell, Justin James, Jacob Livingston, Jeanette Rodriguez, Meg Wilkes, Andrew Dippre, Joseph Whitaker, Charlie Kessler, Kyle Reed, Katie Stahel, Megan Stahlberger, Mohit Gahndi, Patricia Jokl, Joseph Redzikowski, James Foster, Thomas Pavelka, Lauren Reed, Thomas Stanton, Joy Jones, Dennish Parekh, Syed Bukhari, Yancy Appling, David Carey

Delaware Students: Toni Akin Adenikan, Lydia Kowalski