Christine Foreman | Principal Investigator
Christine is Associate Dean of Student Success and Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and the Center for Biofilm Engineering. She has spent many seasons in Antarctica studying life in extreme conditions – connecting the very smallest organisms to the workings of our entire planet. In her spare time, Christine enjoys being outdoors, hiking, and fly-fishing with her friends and family.
Markus Dieser | Assistant Research Prof. & Lab Manager
Markus comes to us from Austria where he completed his Masters degree at the University of Innsbruck with Dr. Birgit Sattler. In 2009, he received his doctorate in our lab at Montana State University and went on to Post-Doc with Dr. Brent Christner at Louisiana State University. Markus returned to Bozeman in 2013.
Juliana D’Andrilli | Assistant Research Professor
Juliana received her Ph.D. in chemistry from Florida State University in 2009 and joined our research group in 2010. Coming to us from a world of marine and temperate freshwater dissolved organic matter (DOM) studies, she jumped at the opportunity to learn about the carbon controls of frozen ecosystems. She completed two postdoctoral appointments centered on characterizing Antarctic ice core DOM. Juliana now works in high-elevation headwater streams.
Safiye Selen Ozcan | Graduate Student in Chemical Eng.
Selen is originally from Istanbul, Turkey. She has a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering, from MSU and Istanbul Technical University. She joined the lab in August 2016 to investigate a metal working fluid (MWF) management strategy for testing biofilm eradication.
Emily Hultin | Undergraduate, Chemical Eng.
Originally from Helena, Emily is a senior in Chemical Engineering. This is her second year working in our lab. She’s currently analyzing algae samples from the Cotton Glacier in Antarctica to determine their biofuel potential.
Gulcin Nuh | Undergraduate, BioEngineering, Turkish Dual Degree Program
Gulcin is a new student in our lab. She’ll be working on adaptations of microorganisms to cold environments.
Taylor Oeschger | Undergraduate, Chemical & Biological Engineering
Taylor’s from Sacramento, California. She’s spent the last 12 months working on the effects of UV radiation on the biofilms of Antarctic bacteria. This year she’ll focus on modelling the structures of ice veins and how organisms within them respond to freeze-thaw cycles. She’s working towards a PhD in Biomedical Engineering and hopes to one day make contributions to the field of medicine.
Hanna Showers | Undergraduate, Chemical Eng.
MiKally “Kai” Williams | Principal Investigator
Kai works on the interaction between planetary surfaces and atmospheres, using mathematical modelling, fluid dynamics, geology, physics, chemistry and meteorology. She studies the thermodynamic stability of ice, snow and other volatiles on Earth, Mars and Titan.
Heidi Smith | Graduate Research Assistant | 2009 – 2016
Heidi was a great asset to our lab! We wish her well in her new work on biogenic methane production with Dr Fields, also at MSU.
Photo of our Research Group in 2014 (from left to right): Amber Schmit, Michelle Tigges, Heidi Smith, Markus Dieser, Emily Bermel, Juliana D’Andrilli and Shu Ying Wee.