Wayne Curtis joins the Wiley Research Fellow ranks

5/30/2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA--Wayne Curtis, professor of chemical engineering and affiliate professor of bioengineering and plant science, was selected by the Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL) as the newest Wiley Research Fellow, named for William R. Wiley, who first envisioned the EMSL user facility.

Curtis is the 19th researcher to join the esteemed ranks of current Wiley Fellow recipients including Blake Simmons, the chief science and technology officer at the Department of Energy’s Joint Bioenergy Institute (JBEI). “I am honored with my new appointment as a Wiley Research Fellow,” said Curtis. “EMSL’s facilities are absolutely state-of-the-art and I look forward to offering my decades of experience and interdisciplinary background to assist EMSL in charting its next course, ‘if you will,’ to leverage these assets.”  

According to EMSL, Fellows are expected to actively contribute to the success of EMSL as a national scientific user facility by supporting the user program beyond their own research projects via roles on advisory committees, as experimental consultants. Dr. Curtis’ expertise in bioprocess design and optimization that has been applied in disciplines, as varied as plant biotechnology, energy conversion, environmental remediation, and medically-relevant bio-products, will be complementary in this capacity.

Curtis was selected based on his significant scientific contributions to the affiliated Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), where he just completed his 2016-17 sabbatical. Specifically, Curtis worked on PNNL’s Metabolic and Spatial Interactions in Communities (MOSAIC) program which examined microbial communities in soil.  

The Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory is located on the campus of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, Washington. 

 

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“EMSL’s facilities are absolutely state-of-the-art and I look forward to offering my decades of experience and interdisciplinary background to assist EMSL in charting its next course, ‘if you will,’ to leverage these assets,” said Curtis. 

 
 

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