Cell Culture and Fermentation
Optimization Lab
  Graduate Students
Arthur Brodsky

Arthur Brodsky

I was born in Tampa, FL, and after earning a BS in Biomedical Engineering form the University of Miami in December 2009, began pursuing his PhD in Bioengineering at Clemson University in August 2010. My first project sought to eliminate the complications that arise in large-scale culture control due to the need to sparge in 5% carbon dioxide. For my future work, I plan to investigate the effects of cadherins and other cell adhesion molecules on the ability of cancer cells to become invasive and metastasize to other tissues.

Yogender Gowtham

Yogender Gowtham

I am from the coastal city of Chennai in southern India. I did my Bachelors in Industrial Biotechnology at SASTRA University, Thanjavur. My masters’ work focused on producing economical levels of ethanol from lignocellulosic biomass using a novel two-stage fermentation process. For my doctorate, I will be moving in the direction of mammalian cell culture, particularly Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells. The project will target understanding and elucidating genes involved in aggregation of proteins produced by CHO cells. When away from lab, I like playing as well as watching soccer, watching movies and cooking spicy Indian food.

Faraz Baig

Mojtaba Samoudi

I was born in Tehran, the capital city of Iran. I did my Bachelors in plant biology at Bouali-Sina University, Iran. I also completed my Master in Biochemistry, working on elevating Coenzyme Q10 accumulation in engineered E. coli through manipulating the metabolic pathways. I began my Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics at NIGEB, Iran and came to Clemson University as a visiting scholar in May 2013. My doctorate research is focused on protein aggregation, where I have used glycoengineering strategies to increase solubility and stability of a therapeutic protein, in particular, interferon-ß.

 

Faraz Baig

Even Skjervold

I am from Lillehammer, Norway. I got my BS in Bioengineering at Clemson in May 2013 and continued on with graduate work at Clemson. In addition to my MS I am working on an MBA in Entrepreneurship and Innovation. My interest lies in the commercialization of intellectual property developed by academic labs. At the moment I am launching the startup SouthYeast Labs distributing locally sourced wild yeast to craft brewers.

www.southyeast.com

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.

  Alumni

Faraz Baig

Faraz Baig

I was born and raised in Columbia, SC.  I studied bioengineering at Clemson University and received my BS in 2012 and my MS in 2013.  For my MS, my research was focused on the dynamic transcriptional response of recombinant E. coli to inclusion body formation.  I now work for Baxter Healthcare and my work primarily entails supporting medical device manufacturing.

 

 

Alumni Group Photos


Left to right: Mary Alice Salazar, Kristen Publicover, Mary Caldwell, Kyle Bennett, Sarah Harcum, Lauren Staples, Robin Winchester, Lauren Bruneau


Left to right: Antonia Perez, Kristen Publicover, Lauren Staples, Mary Alice Salazar


Left to right: Antonia Perez, Kristen Publicover, Lauren Staples, Mary Alice Salazar
 


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