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Meet the Team


The Students

Seok Park
Team Leader

US Naval Academy

MIDN 1/C Seok Park is a senior at the United States Naval Academy and he is a chemistry major. He is from the Island of Saipan, and he plans to commission in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer in May of 2018.

Seok Park
Alex

Alex Ki
Team Leader and Modeling Expert

US Naval Academy

Alex is a senior at the US Naval Academy. He is a Applied Mathematics major. He is originally from Saint Louis, Missouri, and will be serving as a submarine officer following graduation.

Cassie Garfola
Chemical Engineer and Bio-hazard Specialist

US Naval Academy

MIDN 1/C Cassandra Garfola is a senior at the United States Naval Academy and a chemistry major. She is from North Beach, MD, and she plans to commission in the United States Navy as a Naval Flight Officer in May of 2018.

Cassie
Natalia

Natalia Barrow
Research Expert and Analyst

US Naval Academy

MIDN 1/C Natalia Barrow is a senior at the United States Naval Academy and she is a chemistry major. She is from Alexandria, Virginia, and she will commission in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer in May of 2018.

Dwayne Williams
DNA Augmentation Specialist

US Naval Academy

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MIDN 2/C Dwayne Williams is a junior at the United States Naval Academy and he is a chemistry major. He is from Houston, Texas and he plans to commission in the United States Marine Corps as an aviator.

Dwayne
Lord Commander

Joe Roehm
Algorithm and Web Development Expert

US Naval Academy

MIDN 2/C Joseph Roehm is a junior at the United States Naval Academy. He is a Computer Science major. He hails from the farm lands of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, a place known for the Amish. He plans to commission in the United States Navy as a Submarine Officer in May of 2019.

Erin Kusuda
Genetic Mutations Expert

US Naval Academy

MIDN 2/C Erin Kusuda is a junior at the United States Naval Academy and she is a chemistry major with a biochemistry concentration. She is from Stafford, VA, and hopes to commission in the United States Navy as a Medical Corps Officer or Naval Flight Officer in May of 2019.

Erin
Kimberly

Kimberly Moran
Lab Operations Leader

US Naval Academy

MIDN 2/C Kimberly Moran is a junior at the United States Naval Academy and she is a chemistry major. She is from Denver, Colorado, and she will commission in the United States Navy as a Nuclear Surface Warfare Officer in May of 2019.

Pyung On Choi
Biochemical Research Analyst

US Naval Academy

MIDN 2/C Pyung On Choi is a junior at the United States Naval Academy majoring in chemistry. She is from Suwanee, Georgia and plans to commission in Medical Corps.

Pyung

The Team PIs

Dr. Glaven

Sarah Glaven, PhD
Primary PI

Dr. Sarah Glaven is a research biologist and microbial electrochemist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. She studies microbial extracellular electron transfer and its biotechnology applications including microbial fuel cells and microbial electrosynthesis.

Dr. Minut

Aurelia Minut, PhD
Secondary PI

Aurelia Minut is an Associate Professor at the US Naval Academy. She received her Ph.D from Michigan State University. Her research interests are Partial Differential Equations, Applied Mathematics, Nonlinear Optics, Scattering Theory, Integral Equations, and Inverse Problems.

Our Instructors

Dr. Tender

Leonard Tender, PhD
Instructor

Dr. Leonard Tender is an electrochemist at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. He studies how microbes interact electrically with their environments for a host of potential applications including electrical power generation and storage, microbial-electronics, and treatment of bacterial infections.

Dr. Bird

Lina Bird, PhD
Instructor

Lina Bird is a postdoctoral researcher at the Naval Research Labs, working in molecular and synthetic microbiology. She studies external electron transport to and from electrodes, and is investigating ways to harness microbial ability to generate current.

Dr. Eddie

Brian Eddie, PhD
Instructor

Dr. Eddie is a microbiologist who primarily uses transcriptomics, genomics, and bioimaging to better understand bacterial metabolism so that we can exploit it.

Our Adviser

CDR Lawrence

CDR Lawrence Kennedy, PhD
Adviser

CAPT Kennedy is a permanent military professor of chemistry at the Naval Academy. CDR Kennedy graduated from USNA in 1992, after which he flew helicopters for the Navy. In 2012, he received his Ph.D. in chemistry from University of Memphis.

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