STRAIGHT FROM THE SCIENTISTS: Research Profiles

iBioFAB: Reimagining our Approach to Synthetic Biology

Foundry automates research, allows scientists to concentrate on planning and building experiments.

Hans Müller Paul: Streamlining Feedstock Research with Computation

“The work that I’m doing is like a grain of sand in the desert. But everyone’s work makes the desert, in the end.”

Carrie Leibensperger: Focused on the Big Picture

From volunteering at the local zoo when she was younger to traveling all the way to New Zealand to study their earth processes and sustainability mindset, Carrie Leibensperger has always cared about protecting the environment.Originally from Pittsburgh, Leibensperger...

Getting to the Root: Finzi Lab Team at the Illinois Energy Farm

Ryan Quinn and Julia Masterman traveled from the East Coast to the Midwestern heartland to do some digging into what’s going on below the surface of bioenergy.

Christy Gibson: Writer, Researcher, Renaissance Scientist

Christy Gibson is as comfortable with words as she is with lasers. As a two-time novelist and CABBI Sustainability postdoctoral researcher, she deals with both on a daily basis.

Mark Burnham: Studying Nitrogen in its Natural Element

Growing up in a rural town in Western Massachusetts led CABBI Postdoc Mark Burnham to become more than just an outdoorsy person. 

Arborist, Agronomist, Advocate: Emily Heaton Has a Heart for the Heartland

As an architect of America’s future fields, Heaton leverages crop management to balance the needs of farmers, consumers, and the environment.

Ming-Hsun Cheng: Balancing Billiards and Biomass

“The most interesting parts and the most challenging parts (of my job) are the same … there’s no textbook for you to follow.”

Nancy Reichert: The Science of Serendipity

“It’s in scientists’ legacies to leave things better than how they started out.”

Sarah Acquah: Pairing Policy and Research

CABBI postdoc is busy working on three projects at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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