Meenaa joined the lab as a Ph.D. student in Spring 2017. She completed her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Anna University, India in 2011. She has worked on system design of water utilities for steel and power plants. Her current research focus is on real-time imaging of pretreatment and enzymatic hydrolysis of lignocellulosic biomass.
Sarvada joined Dr. Ong's research group as a PhD student in Fall 2017. She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Mumbai in 2017. In her undergrad, she worked on the extraction of biodiesel from used cooking oil in microreactors. Currently, her research is focused on extracting value-added components from switchgrass for bioenergy production. In her leisure, she likes to do gardening and painting.
Raisa joined the Ong Lab in Fall 2018. She received her B.S.(2017) and M.S.(2018) in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and is also pursuing a M.S. in Mechanical Engineering through Distance Education from New Mexico Tech. Her research experience is in electrochemical engineering, nanotechnology, nanomedicine, biomolecular and biomedical engineering. Her Ph.D research is centered around conversion of lignin to value-added products. Her extracurricular activities include writing, reading, photography, sports and music.
Marissa joined Dr. Ong's research group in Fall 2018 as an undergraduate researcher. She graduated with her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 2016 and is currently pursuing her M.S. in Chemical Engineering. Her research is focused on using green solvents to extract value-added waxes from sorghum used in biofuels production. In her spare time she likes to read, hike, mountain bike, and downhill ski.
Aiden joined the Ong Lab in Fall 2020. He received his B.S.in Chemical Engineering from Michigan Tech in 2020. His research is focusing on open source design of equipment for microbial cell separations.
Leela joined the Ong Lab in April of 2019. She previously obtained her MS in Analytical Chemistry (2005) and PhD in Materials Science & Technology (2013) from B.H.U. Varanasi, India. Leela's work is focused on processing and analyzing lignocellulosic biomass for fuel production as part of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center.
Emily joined the lab in Spring 2018 and is working on setting up AFEX pretreatment, high solids enzymatic hydrolysis, and small scale composition analysis methods. In her free time she enjoys hiking, cooking, and baking bread.