Lead Instructors

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ALI DEMIRCI, Ph D
Professor, Ag & Biological Engineering, Professor-in-Charge, CSL Behring Fermentation Facility
Penn State

INTERESTS | EXPERTISE

  • Bioprocessing processes for productions of value-added products via microbial fermentation
  • Inactivation/control of pathogenic microorganisms in foods and environment by novel non-thermal processing methods

EDUCATION

  • BS, Middle East Technical University, Turkey, 1987
  • Ph D, Food Science and Technology, minor Chemical Engineering, Iowa State University, 1992

Websites:
Ali Demirci
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ASHIK SATHISH, Ph D
Co-director, CSL Behring Fermentation Facility
Penn State

INTERESTS | EXPERTISE

  • Microbial fermentation
  • Bioprocessing and bioproduct purification
  • Sustainable biofuels and bioproducts production
  • Cellulosic biomass conversion

EDUCATION

  • BS, Chemical Engineering, University of Dayton, 2010
  • MS, Biological Engineering, Utah State University, 2012
  • Ph D, Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering, Iowa State University, 2018

Websites:
Ashik Sathish
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MARK SIGNS, MS
Co-Director, CSL Behring Fermentation Facility, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences
Penn State

INTERESTS | EXPERTISE

  • Bioprocessing
  • Microbial production
  • Biomolecule purification
  • Cellulosic biomass conversion

EDUCATION

MS, Plant Physiology, Penn State

Websites:
Mark Signs
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ANDREW ZYDNEY, Ph D
Bayard D. Kunkle Chair, Distinguished Professor, Chemical Engineering
Penn State
INTERESTS | EXPERTISE
  • Bioseparations
  • Membrane separation systems for bioprocessing and medical devices

EDUCATION

  • BS, Chemical Engineering, Yale University, 1980
  • Ph D, Chemical Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1985

Websites:
Andrew Zydney
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PETER TOMASELLO, BS
Field Applications Specialist, Cell Culture Technology
Sartorius Stedim Biotech

INTERESTS | EXPERTISE

  • Scale-up and scale-down of upstream processes and equipment
  • Bioreactors, software, and process analytical technology (PAT)
  • Process control strategy

EDUCATION

  • BS, Mechanical Engineering, New Jersey Institute of Technology, 2006

Websites:
Peter Tomasello
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SEAN MCMILLAN, BS
Field Applications Specialist, Cell Culture Technology
Sartorius Stedim Biotech

INTERESTS | EXPERTISE

  • Scale-up and scale-down of upstream processes and equipment
  • Process development and characterization
  • New and emerging techniques/equipment in bioprocess technology

EDUCATION

  • BS, Biology and Chemistry, Radford University, 2012
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