Bakar Innovation Fellows

2018-2019 Bakar Innovation Fellows
2018-19 Bakar Innovation Fellows Christopher Barnes, Vlad Senatorov, Raissa Estrela Curado, Xuejian Wu, and Prashant Chandrasekharan.
Photo: Mark Joseph Hanson

The Bakar Innovation Fellows are creative and entrepreneurial graduate students and postdoctoral scientists who are working with a Bakar Faculty Fellow to translate their laboratory discoveries and innovations to the commercial sector. The program introduces Innovation Fellows to campus resources and advisors to help them transition from academic researcher to startup founder.

The 2018-19 Bakar Innovation Fellows:

Christopher Barnes, Ph.D. candidate in Bioengineering, is working to make widespread clinical use of gene therapy feasible by increasing production efficiency of therapeutic-grade viral vectors.
Bakar Faculty Fellow: David Schaffer

Prashant Chandrasekharan, Ph.D., postdoctoral scientist in Bioengineering, is formulating novel iron oxide nanoparticle tracers to optimize resolution of Magnetic Particle Imaging, a new non-invasive, non-radioactive imaging modality.
Bakar Faculty Fellow: Steven Conolly

Raissa Estrela Curado, Ph.D. candidate in Molecular and Cell Biology, is engineering the yeast K. marxianus for environmentally friendly industrial scale production of oleochemicals for use in aquaculture. 
Bakar Faculty Fellow: Jamie Cate

Aaron Friedman, Ph.D., and Vlad Senatorov, Ph.D., postdoctoral scientists in Neuroscience, are studying small molecule inhibitors of blood brain barrier disruption that show promise of preventing age-associated dementia.
Bakar Faculty Fellow: Daniela Kaufer

Tammy Hsu, Ph.D. candidate in Bioengineering, is developing an environmentally friendly process for dyeing with indigo, the primary dye used in coloring denim.
Bakar Faculty Fellow: John Dueber

Nadja Mannowetz, Ph.D., postdoctoral scientist in Molecular and Cell Biology, is investigating plant-derived inhibitors of sperm activation for use as non-hormonal contraceptives.
Bakar Faculty Fellow: Polina Lishko

Johannes Henriksson, Ph.D. candidate, and postdoctoral scientist Kyungmuk Kwon, Ph.D., both in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences, are perfecting a newly invented silicon photonic MEMS switch, with the potential to greatly increase the speed and efficiency of optical communication networks and data centers.
Bakar Faculty Fellow: Ming Wu

Jyoti Taneja, Ph.D., postdoctoral scientist in Plant and Microbial Biology, is engineering powdery mildew resistant variants of important California crops such as tomatoes, grapes and strawberries.
Bakar Faculty Fellow: Mary Wildermuth

Xuejian Wu, Ph.D., postdoctoral scientist in Physics, is creating miniaturized atomic sensors for applications in navigation, mineral exploration, surveillance, and civil engineering.
Bakar Faculty Fellow: Holger Müller


2017-2018 Bakar Innovation Fellow Alumni: Michael Chen (Laura Waller); Sean Chen, Ph.D. (Lin He); Eric Copenhaver (Holger Müller); Meghan Hauser, Ph.D. (Ke Xu); Zack Phillips (Laura Waller)