ACEE Intern Kim ’18 Bioengineered Yeast for Sustainable Production of Chemicals

By Nicki Loo
Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2018

Jaehwan Kim ’18 is a senior majoring in chemistry who spent last summer as an intern at the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment at Princeton University using cutting-edge bioengineering tools to modify different yeast species for the sustainable production of biofuels, bioplastics, chemicals, and drugs. Kim worked with José Avalos, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.

Over the summer of 2017, six undergraduates embarked on energy and environmental research that ranged from charging devices wirelessly with solar energy to developing biofuels from yeast at the Andlinger Center for Energy and Environment at Princeton University.

The Peter B. Lewis Fund for Student Innovation in Energy and the Environment and the Dede T. Bartlett P03 Fund for Student Research in Energy and the Environment, which are administered by the Andlinger Center, funded five summer internship projects by theses six students.

This past summer’s students were selected for their excellent academic record and the promising potential of their research in helping secure the world’s energy and environmental future. The selected students received a $4,000 stipend for the summer research and up to an additional $4,000 for research-related expenses.

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