After working on a dissertation regarding genetic engineering and tool development for the halophile Haloferax volcanii, Chris is eager to broaden his understanding of bioengineering, equipment design, molecular biology and evolution, especially within the context of microbial evolution and bioeconomy research.
Chris’ main research interests include evolution of microorganisms to survive harsh/inhospitable environments, quorum sensing and microbial communities, and the effects of extreme environments on microbial systems, microbial metabolism, and virulence.
Chris’ primary career goal is to work with government or affiliated organisations, and aid studies designed to increase our knowledge of evolutionary systems, how changes to the environment alter these systems, and how to resolve detrimental changes. He is keenly interested in furthering his own education and educating others.
His work at BEACON is to genetically modify bacteria so it can process waste materials from an agricultural factory into sources of chemicals, which can then be used to make biodegradable goods.
- 2018: Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Bioscience
- 2007: Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and History