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Faculty Notes 2020

Abel Recognized with 2020 TCE Awards

Steven Abel.Associate Professor Steven Abel was recognized with the Professional Promise in Research Award as part of the college’s annual faculty and staff awards. The award recognizes tenured or tenure-track faculty members at the assistant or associate professor rank who have received national and/or international recognition in their fields and show professional promise in their research. Abel’s research applies theoretical and computational methods to investigate fundamental problems in cell biology and immunology.

Trinh’s Research Highlighted by DOE

Cong Trinh.The DOE Office of Science recently highlighted research from Ferguson Faculty Fellow Cong Trinh that examined how it strengthens its membranes and produced the most ionic liquid (IL) tolerant microorganism reported to date as a result. These insights will be critical to developing microbes that can directly convert plant biomass treated with ILs into biofuels and biochemicals.

UT Grad, CBE Research Professor License Technology

Abhijeet Borole.Late in 2019, Research Professor Abhijeet Borole and Bredesen Center graduate Alex Lewis combined to exclusively license two biorefinery technologies invented and patented by their company, Electro-Active Technologies, while working at ORNL. The technologies work as a system that converts organic waste into renewable hydrogen gas for use as a biofuel.

CBE Celebrates Promotions and Tenure

Gila Stein.Faculty across the college enjoyed well-earned promotions at the start of the 2020 fall semester: Promoted to full professor: Prados Professor Gila Stein; tenured and promoted to associate professor: Steven Abel.