Julius Laboratory

Department of Biological Sciences

 

Julius Laboratory

Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. Matthew Julius

(mljulius@stcloudstate.edu)

 

Matt received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 2000.  After leaving Michigan in 2000 he accepted a professorship at St. Cloud State University in central Minnesota, U.S.A.   He leads the anaerobic digestion and biomass production team at St. Cloud State. His primary research interests involve the systematics and evolution of diatoms (a group of microscopic algae).  He has authored and co-authored several papers with manuscripts appearing in many algae focused publications along with non-algae based journals including Aquatic Toxicology and the Journal of Zoology. His long-term research goals are focused on utilizing his evolutionary expertise with microorganisms for applied applications.  Collaborations in these efforts involve projects with academic and corporate partners globally with special focus in the U.S., Japan, Northern Ireland, and Nigeria. Together these research teams are identifying novel organisms for biomass production for use in nano-material, dietary supplement, nutraceutical, and pharmaceutical applications.

 

 

 

Dr. Joshua G. Stepanek

(jgstepanek@stcloudstate.edu)

 

Josh was introduced to phycological research while earning his B.S. and M.S. in Ecology and Field Biology from St. Cloud State University. From there he earned his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder where he utilized molecular and comparative phylogenetic techniques to examine evolutionary patterns in oil accumulation within the diatom genus Halamphora. His current research interests continue to lie at the intersection of evolution, ecology and applied phycology. These include studies in diatom taxonomy and systematics, the pattern and timing of ecological shifts within diatom lineages and the phylogenetic, physical and biochemical characterization of commercially important algal groups. In conjunction with these research projects, Josh is overseeing operations of the Phytoplankton Laboratory’s 16,000 liter capacity Algal Biomass Facility with production strains spanning diverse evolutionary lineages within the algal tree of life.

 

 

 

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