Dr. Mona Mirsiaghi, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

The focus of Mona’s research at ABPDU is on fermentation and recovery of advanced biofuels using engineered strains. Mona’s works is to improve product yield and titer by overcoming the challenges associated with scaling up the fermentation process. Mona has a research background in microalgal biofuels. The focus of her doctoral thesis was on bioconversion of lipid extracted algal biomass into fuels. She developed algal-specific biomass deconstruction methods and characterized different hydrolysis methods based on their rate and yield of sugar release. Mona improved the fermentation of algal hydrolysate in a continuous bioreactor using suspended and immobilized yeast cells.

Education

  • Ph.D. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado State University
  • M.S. in Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology, Sharif University of Technology
  • B.S. in Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Industries Process Design, Iran University of Science and Technology

Papers and Publications

  • Conversion of lipid-extracted nannochloropsis salina biomass into fermentable sugars, Algal Research
  • Partitioning of L-Lysine monohydrochloride in aqueous two-phase systems of poly and dipotassium hydrogen phosphate, ACS