Cell Culture and Fermentation
Optimization Lab
  Graduate Students
Faraz Baig

Dan Odenwelder

I was born in Bethlehem, PA, and received my BS in Biopharmaceutical Engineering from Lehigh University in May 2012. At Lehigh, I was also a member of the men's soccer team and was a four year letter winner. Following graduation, I worked for a year in the Pharmaceutical Technology division at Sanofi Pasteur in Swiftwater, PA. My projects at Sanofi focused mainly on vaccine lyophilization and visual inspection. I began pursuing my PhD in Bioengineering at Clemson University in August 2013. I am currently investigating shifts in cancer cell metabolism using metabolic flux analysis (MFA). For my future research, I will use MFA to study iPS cell metabolism under various nutrient perturbations, with the ultimate goal of transitioning from small-scale cell cultures to fed-batch bioreactors.


  Lab Technicians
Tom Caldwell

Tom Caldwell

Originally from Philadelphia, I moved to South Carolina in 2000 to attend the Citadel.  In 2004, I graduated with a BA in Chemistry and eventually moved on to Clemson University.  For the last 8 years I have worked for both Dr. Sarah Harcum and Dr. Ken Christensen as a lab manager and full-time researcher.  Much of my research with Dr. Harcum has been collaboration with Scarab Genomics in testing genetically modified E. coli. under the stress of high cell density fermentation (150+ O.D.).  Additional research has been conducted in the field of biofuels, specifically the use of switchgrass and sorghum syrup as alternative sugar sources in the production of ethanol.  Our labs also function as a proteomics facility.  We have the ability to develop, fine tune, and scale most protein production processes.  In my free time I enjoy looking for adventure high on the rocks with my wife.

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