Katia Tarasava got her PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder. She did her research in Ryan Gill's lab where she worked on developing novel CRISPR-based methods for controlling bacterial gene expression and engineering production of 3-hydroxypropionic acid and other plastic precursors. She joined the Gonzalez lab to further her expertise in metabolic engineering and to find solutions to other materials-related problems, such as plastic degradation and upcycling. Currently she is involved in developing novel pathways for 1,3- and 1,6-hexanediol synthesis in E.coli using the reverse beta-oxidation (rBOX) cycle in collaboration with Northwestern University and LanzaTech. In her free time Katia loves traveling, going to the beach and writing (check out her personal website above!).
2019 – University of Colorado Boulder, Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering
2012 – Colorado College, B.A. in Biochemisty with Minor in Arts of Florence and London
Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering
University of South Florida
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