Morse wins EPA STAR Fellowship

Environmental engineering graduate student Thomas Morse won an EPA STAR Fellowship that will provide $42,000 per year for three years. Thomas Morse is working to remove invasive species through gene silencing in microalgae cultivation for biodiesel. Working with his adviser, Assistant Professor Claudia Gunsch, Thomas is looking at emerging genetic technologies such as antisense gene silencing and bacteriophage biocontrol to inhibit invasive species growth in the large scale cultivation of microalgae. If successful this technology has the potential to greatly reduce the cost of algae sourced biofuels and reduce biofouling in engineered systems.