Current Graduate Students
Roberts lab in 2007 and studied heterogeneity in plant cell culture through both modeling and experimental techniques, collaborating with Mike Henson. Marty is currently searching for a post-doctoral position in the Boston Area and spending time with his 1-year old daughter, Artemis and wife, Christina.
Roberts lab in 2008. The general aim of Rohan’s research is to better understand the heterogeneity in plant cell cultures, with a focus on elucidating the relationship between cell populations and paclitaxel accumulation in culture. He is presently working on the application of molecular approaches to characterize and manipulate Taxus metabolism in distinct cell subpopulations.
Whitney Stoppel completed her B.S. in Chemical Engineering with minors in Mathematics and Cell & Molecular Biology at Tulane University in 2008. Following an REU program in Cellular Engineering at UMass in 2007, Whitney chose to attend graduate school at UMass, continuing to work in the Roberts lab. She joined the Roberts lab in the fall of 2008, and is working on enhancing the growth and functionality of mammalian cells in 3-D constructs by tailoring mechanical and physiological properties within the device through a collaboration with Surita Bhatia, Kim Tremblay, and Al Crosby.
Sarah Wilson completed her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Rowan University in the spring of 2009. She decided to attend graduate school at UMass to conduct research in cellular engineering and joined the Roberts group in the fall of 2009. Sarah's focus is on characterizing novel genes involved in paclitaxel production with an overall goal to enhance the accumulation and production of paclitaxel in Taxus cell cultures.
Lisa Leone completed her B.S. in Chemical Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia. During the course of her undergraduate education she participated in internship programs at ConocoPhillips, Dupont and Genencor, the last of which sparked an interest in biotechnology. She joined the Roberts group in the fall of 2010, and looks forward to optimizing Taxol production through metabolic engineering.
Current Undergraduate Researchers
Nick Cadirov will graduate with his B.S. in Chemical Engineering in May 2012 from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and is currently applying to graduate school for the fall 2012 semester. He has worked in the Roberts lab since the beginning of his junior year. As a senior, he is currently completing his honors thesis, working to optimize a protocol for the reculturing of Taxus protoplasts. In the spring of 2011, Nick presented his work at the annual UMass Undergraduate Research symposium.
Former PhD Students
Former Undergraduates with Honors Theses