Bioenergy and Biofuels
Supervising Faculty: Xiaohan Yang
Robert’s research background is in phycology with his Master’s thesis focusing on algal identification, use of diatoms as bioindicators, and algal ecology. During graduate school, he also worked with an algal biotech company in testing and optimizing growing procedures of different algal strains for use in biofuel, bioplastics, and other products in the nutraceutical and pharmaceutical areas. He also assisted in diatom identification workshops for the U.S. EPA and Georgia EPD. Post-graduate school, Robert was a primary instructor in Environmental Science and Biodiversity courses for one year while also mentoring undergraduate students in algal research.
As a part of the DOE funded CAM Biodesign Project, Robert’s research now focuses on understanding crassulacean acid metabolism, also known as CAM photosynthesis. His focus is on the dynamics of transcription in plants with CAM photosynthesis. He plans to use systems and synthetic biology methods to uncover the roles of potential genetic components involved in core CAM processes. Understanding how CAM plants function can lead to insights in how to manipulate traditional agricultural and bioenergy crops to use less water and as well as withstand drought with minimal biomass production loss.
Along with his research, Robert has taken an active role in the entrepreneurship aspect of the Bredesen Center. Robert is co-founder of SimPath, LLC, a DNA assembly company that accelerates research through affordable and quick assembly of DNA parts.
Master of Science in Biology - Georgia College and State University (2012)
Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science - Georgia College and State University (2010)
Awards and Recognitions
- National Institute of General Medical Sciences Scholarship for Cold Spring Harbor Lab Synthetic Biology Course
- National Science Foundation Scholarship for Cold Spring Harbor Lab Synthetic Biology Course
- Outstanding Graduate Student in Biology, Georgia College and State University, 2012.
- Student Travel award, 21th North American Diatom Symposium, Flathead Lake Biological Station, Polson, MT, 14-18 September, 2011.
- Dean’s List, College of Arts and Sciences, Georgia College and State University, Spring 2010
- Dean’s List, College of Arts and Sciences, Georgia College and State University, Fall 2009
Moseley, R.C., Manoylov, K.M., and Mutiti, S. 2012. Recovery assessment of hydrologically related aquatic habitats using diatom community responses, International Journal of Algae, 15(2), 103-120.
Moseley, R.C. and Manoylov, K.M. 2012. Diatom community composition from low human impact areas in southeast U.S., Georgia Journal of Science, 70(2), 123- 143