Pfleger Lab Alumni

Former Postdoctoral Scholars

Jeffrey Cameron

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar 2013-2015
RASEI Fellow and Assistant Professor at CU-Boulder

Matthew Copeland

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar 2012-2015
Senior Scientist at Procter & Gamble

Michael Engstrom

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar 2016-2019

Spencer Hoover

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar 2008-2010
Director of Process and Analytical Development
Centre for Advanced Therapeutic Cell Technologies at CCRM

Christopher Jones

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar 2013-2016
Postdoctoral Scholar Arizona State University

Rung-Yi Lai

Position title: Postdoctroal Scholar 2015-2017
Lecturer at Suranaree University of Technology

Andrew Markley

Position title: Postdoctoral Scholar 2011-2016
Co Founder at Hoplark HopTea

Former Graduate Students

Daniel Agnew

Position title: PhD Chemical Engineering 2013
Director, Corporate Development at
Nimble Therapeutics

Matthew Begemann

Position title: PhD Microbiology 2014
Associate Director, Molecular Technologies at Benson Hill Biosystems

Ryan Clark

Position title: PhD Chemical Engineering 2017
Postdoctoral Scholar, UW-Madison Biochemistry

Austin Comer

Position title: PhD Chemical Engineering - 2018
Consultant at The Boston Consulting Group

Nestor Hernandez

Position title: PhD Chemical Engineering 2018
Postdoctoral Scholar, Max Planck Institute

Travis Korosh

Position title: PhD Environmental Chemistry and Tech. 2017
Scientist Ginkgo Bioworks

Rebecca Lennen

Position title: PhD Chemical Engineering 2012
Senior Scientist at Lygos

Christopher Mehrer

Position title: PhD Chemical Engineering 2019
Fermentation Engineer at Genomatica

Daniel Mendez-Perez

Position title: PhD Chemical Engineering 2014
Project Scientist at Berkeley Lab

Gina (Gordon) Newmann

Position title: PhD Microbiology 2018
Research Scientist- Synthetic Biology at Benson Hill

James Papadopoulos

Position title: MS. Chemical Engineering 2019

Mark Politz

Position title: PhD Chemical Engineering 2016
Scientist Benson Hill Biosystems

Jackie Rand

Position title: PhD Chemical Engineering 2017
Protein Scientist III at Aldevron

J. Tyler Youngquist

Position title: PhD Chemical Engineering 2013
Scientist at The J.M. Smucker Company

Former Undergraduates

  • Alex Steiner – Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Victoria Alber
  • Nate Bennett
  • Elizabeth Ciborowski
  • Matthew Dysthe
  • Derek Jacobs
  • Haoxiang Lyu
  • Laura McGinley
  • Oscar Londono
  • Jordan Lange
  • Karolina Myrda
  • Monica Dorda
  • Helian Vunk
  • K’Yal Bannister
  • Richard Mikel
  • Austin Rottinghaus
  • Alex Carlos
  • Ryan Clarke
  • Charles Johnson
  • Josh Rose
  • Haley Schoenberger
  • Martin Schumacher
  • Wendi Sun
  • Erin Zess
  • Josh Thiede, 2013 – University of Minnesota, PhD in Biochemistry
  • Joseph Villanueva (REU, 2012)
  • George Degen (REU, 2012)
  • Nicole Sonnert (REU, 2012)
  • Zachariah Harris (REU, 2012)
  • Eric Walters (BS, 2012) – University of California-Davis, PhD in Microbiology
  • Amanda Stevermer (BS, 2012)
  • Mary Sagstetter (BS, 2012)
  • Michael Zaiken
  • Michael Luc
  • Victor Orler (BS, 2012) – Eisenmann
  • Nico Herman (BS, 2012) – University of California-Berkeley, PhD in Chemical Engineering
  • Max Kruziki (BS, 2011) – University of Minnesota, PhD in Chemical Engineering
  • Samuel Porter
  • Carlos J.M. Martinez (REU, 2011)
  • Megan Elseheimer
  • Amy Claas (BS, 2011) – LyondellBassell
  • Jon Goodman (BS, 2011) – Iowa State, PhD in Chemical Engineering
  • Scott Patnode (BS, 2011) – Hydrite
  • Cody Wenzel (BS, 2011) – Dow-Chemical
  • Jae Ahn (BS, 2011) – Halliburton
  • Emily Schmitt (BS, 2011) – Minnesota, PhD in Biochemistry
  • Scott Walhovd (BS, 2011) – Bemis
  • Keith Olson (IBS-SRP, 2010)
  • Kritika Kumar (Khorana Scholars Program)
  • Joe Lubin (BS, 2011)
  • Igor Luzhansky
  • Joe Field (BS, 2011) – BP
  • Suman Gunasekaran (High School) – Harvard University
  • Gina Lewin (IBS-SRP, 2010) – UW-Madison, PhD in Microbiology
  • Ashley Paulick (BS, 2010)
  • Amy Brownson (BS, 2010) – Bemis
  • Sixing Liang (BS, 2009)
  • Anna Meilke (BS, 2009) – Nestle
  • Handara Utomo (BS, 2009) – Aquarius Maritime
  • Phil Angart (BS, 2009) – Michigan State, PhD in Chemical Engineering
  • Asif Rahman (BS, 2009) – Utah State, PhD in Synthetic Biology

Former Visiting Scientists

  • Wasti Nurani
  • Thomas Raines