Dr. Taylor Weiss received his PhD in 2012 in the lab of Dr. Tim Devarenne. He is an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Resource Management in The Polytechnic School in the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering, a Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability, and a member of The Arizona Center for Algae Technology and Innovation (AzCATI), at Arizona State University. Besides teaching courses on Algae Bioproduction and Toxicology, Dr. Weiss is involved in numerous interdisciplinary projects at ASU, all revolving around the Algae-Food/Energy/Water/Environment/Sustainability Nexus, which promote renewable bioproduct innovation, sustainable agriculture, and benefit human health. Currently, Dr. Weiss is researching the design and scaled implementation of algae/bacteria synthetic consortia, using extremophiles which synthesize high-value byproducts to support carbon sequestration/utilization economics. Recently, Dr. Weiss received his first award from DOE BETO called “Multi-pronged Approach of Improved Biological and Physicochemical Systems to Improving Carbon Utilization by Cyanobacterial Cultures” for $2.5 million.
Dr. Weiss’s advice to current grad students:
“Engage at every level: be interested in everything, make friends from diverse places, and knock on a lot of office doors.”