Graduate Students


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CURRENT STUDENTS

Alejandra Abril   Ph.D., Plant Molecular & Cellular Biology
University of Florida
Dissertation Topic: Genetics of flooding tolerance and biomass composition in sorghum
Wilfred Vermerris
Feedstocks
Hanxi Bao  Ph.D., Agricultural and Biological Engineering
University of Florida
Dissertation Topic: Catalytical Depolymerization of Lignin to High Value Monomers and Its Process Optimization
Expected Graduation Date: Summer 2018
Zhaohui Tong
Conversion
Stephanie Jamis  Ph.D., Soil and Water Science
University of Florida
K. Ramesh Reddy and George O'Connor
Conversion
Na Wu   Ph.D., Agricultural & Biological Engineering
University of Florida
Dissertation Topic: Techno-economic analysis of biofuels production
Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2017
Pratap Pullammanappalli
Conversion
Wei Wu Ph.D., Agricultural & Biological Engineering
University of Florida
Dissertation Topic: Fermentation of carbohydrates in switch grass to ethanol: optimizing pretreatment and fermentation conditions
Expected Graduation Date: Summer 2017
Pratap Pullammanappalli
Conversion
Shunchang "Jack" Yang   Ph.D., Agricultural & Biological Engineering
University of Florida
Dissertation Topic: Integrating anaerobic digestion with nutrient removal for treatment of wastewater
Expected Graduation Date: Fall 2017
Pratap Pullammanappalli
Conversion

PREVIOUS STUDENTS

Deepika Awasthi Ph.D., Microbiology and Cell Science
University of Florida
Graduated Spring 2016
Dissertation: Metabolic Engineering of Bacillus subtilis as a Microbial Biocatalyst for Production of D-Lactic Acid
K. T. Shanmugam
Conversion
Terry Felderhoff Ph.D., Genetics & Genomics
University of Florida
Graduated Summer 2016
Dissertation: Genome-enabled improvement of anthracnose resistance and sugar yield in sweet sorghum
Wilfred Vermerris
Feedstocks
Ryan Geddes Ph.D., Microbiology and Cell Science
University of Florida
Graduated Fall 2014
Dissertation: Improving Fermentation of Pretreated Biomass by Reducing Inhibitor Concentrations and Increasing Microbial Biocatalyst Tolerance
Lonnie Ingram
Conversion
Suguna Jairam Ph.D., Agricultural and Biological Engineering
University of Florida
Graduated Summer 2014
Dissertation: Value Added, Multifunctional Biocomposites from BiorefineryResidues (Lignin and Glycerol) Via Emulsion and Miniemulsion Polymerization
Zhaohui Tong
Conversion
Marco Pazmino   M.S, Agricultural and Biological Engineering
University of Florida
Graduated 2014
Thesis: Use of Banana Peduncle as Feedstock for Ethanol and Biogas Production
Pratap Pullammanappallil
Conversion
Trisha Sanwal M.S., Forestry
Virginia Tech
Graduated Summer 2016
Thesis: Economic analysis of biofuel production from switchgrass (Panicum virgatum) and sweet sorghum (Sorghum bicolor) in the United States
Janaki Alavalapti
Sustainability
Jianru Shi  M.S., Soil and Water Science
University of Florida
Graduated Summer 2015
Thesis: Land Application as a Reuse Method of Cellulosic Ethanol Residuals
Exit Seminar
George O'Connor and Ann Wilkie
Conversion
Chathuri Weerasekara M.S., Agroforestry
University of Missouri, Columbia, MO
Graduated Spring 2017
Thesis: Nitrogen and Harvest Impact on Warm-Season Grass Biomass Yield Feedstock Quality
Shibu Jose
Feedstocks
Jeremy Withers  M.S., Forestry
Virginia Tech
Graduated Spring 2016
Thesis: Barriers Impacting United States Advanced Biofuel Projects
Henry Quesada-Pineda
Sustainability
Bernabas Wolde  Ph.D., Environmental Management
Montclair State University
Graduated Spring 2016
Dissertation: Socio-economic and Environmental Assessment of Woody Biofuels in Southern United States
Pankaj Lal
Sustainability