Austin Comer

Graduate Student, Chemical and Biological Engineering 

B.S. Chemical Engineering, University of Texas - Austin

B.A. Economics, University of Texas - Austin 


Austin grew up in Houston, Texas.  He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a B.S. in chemical engineering and a B.A. in economics in December of 2012 and joined the Pfleger lab in the Fall of 2013 as a graduate student in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.  Austin is a National Science Foundation graduate research fellowship program (NSF GRFP) fellow, a Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering Dalke-Hougan fellow, and a trainee in the Biotechnology Training Program (BTP) at The University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Research Areas

Austin is currently trying to improve the yield of acetyl-CoA derived products in both bacteria and cyanobacteria.  He is also working to improve the tools available for genetic manipulation of the cyanobacterium Synechococcus PCC 7002.