Professor Trinh has helped develop a yeast strain that can upcycle polyolefin plastic, a major pollutant, into useful biochemicals and biodegradable plastics.
Cong Trinh, Ferguson Faculty Fellow in Chemical Engineering, is leading a Department of Energy project looking at yeast aids in bio-production.
Alshibli, a Haslam Scholar and Grand Challenge Scholar, pursued research in cardiac regenerative medicine at the Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine, tutors students and assists with science programs at Pond Gap Elementary School, and organized the Einstein Science Club at Annoor Academy.
“In an age when pathogens can be a weapon, having a rapid response is absolutely vital,” said Trinh. “Our goal is to be able to identify and target such threats within weeks rather than years, while at the same time not harming the host.”
Chemical engineering professor Cong Trinh comes into his lab at UT each day with a building excitement. Eventually, he hopes, the work he’s doing could help eliminate Ebola, influenza, Zika virus – practically any pathogen dangerous to humans either through natural causes or being used as a bio-weapon.
Five members of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tickle College of Engineering faculty received National Science Foundation career awards.
Cong Trinh, assistant professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering, was selected by the NSF for an Early CAREER Award.