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PEOPLE

CURRENT MEMBERS

University of Hawai'i at Manoa

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JUNG SHICK KWON

Ph.D. student

Korea
Kwon joined our lab in 2016 as Ph.D. student. He works on fungal protein production on fermentation process wastewater.

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WACHIRANON CHUENCHART (BOSS)

Ph.D. student

Boss joined our lab from fall of 2019 as a Ph.D. student. He is working on anaerobic co-digestion of food waste.

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RENISHA KARKI

M.S. student

Nepal
Renisha joined our lab as a Master's student from January, 2019. She is currently working on anaerobic co-digestion of agricultural residues.

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KYLE RAFAEL MARCELINO

M.S. student

US
Kyle joined our lab as a Master's student since Fall 2019. His research focuses on nanobubble technology.

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TY SHITANAKA

M.S. student
US

Ty is currently doing research on how nanobubble technology can be used to enhance algal production, which can then be used as an aquaculture feed.

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ALANDRA DEANDREA

Undergraduate student
US

Alandra joined our lab in the fall of 2019. She worked on aquaponics.

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RICARDO LINARES

Lab intern
US

Ricardo joined the lab in September of 2020. He assisted on a research project which focuses on exploring the positive effects of nanobubbles in aquaponics. He will be attending Harvard University and majoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

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ALUMNI

Previous Post-docs

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CHAYANON SAWATDEENARUNAT

Chayanon joined Khanal Lab in 2014 and completed his Ph.D. in 2017. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Asian Development College for Community Economy and Technology (adiCET) at Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, Thailand.

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SURENDRA K.C.

Surendra worked as a post-doc in our lab from 2017. His research focus includes AD, biochar and black soldier flies (BSF).

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ANIL K PATEL

Anil worked as post-doc in our lab from Jan to Sep 2017 with researches in fermentation and bioprocess technology. At present, he works as a Senior Researcher at Korea University, Seoul, Korea.

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KARTHIK RAJENDRAN

Karthik worked as post-doc in our lab from Mar to Jun 2016 with researches in techno-economic analysis of anaerobic digestion processes. He is now Assistant Professor at SRM University, Andhra Pradesh, India.

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BALENDU SHEKHAR GIRI

Balendu worked as post-doc in our lab from Mar 2015 to Feb 2016 with research in biochar and H2S removal. He is now post-doc at Indian Institute of Technology IIT (BHU), Varanasi, India

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DEVIN TAKARA

Devin joined Khanal Lab in 2008 and completed his Ph.D. in 2012 with dissertation titled "Green processing of Napier grass for generation of biofuel and biobased product". He later worked as Junior Researcher/Post-doc from 2012-2014 in our lab. He is currently Senior Engineer, US Navy, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu

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SAOHARIT NITAYAVARDHANA

Saoharit joined our Lab in 2008 and completed her Ph.D. in 2012 with works on fungal biomass production for animal feed with concomitant water reclamation. Later she worked as post-doc in our lab from 2013-2014. She is now Assistant Professor, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

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PRADEEP MUNASINGHE

Pradeep joined our Lab in 2008 and completed his Ph.D. in 2012 with research in mass transfer in composite hollow fiber membrane for syngas fermentation to biofuel. Afterward, he worked as post-doc in our lab from 2012-2013.  He is currently Research Engineer at WhiteDogLabs Inc., New Castle, DE

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ZHEN HU

Zhen worked as a post-doc in our lab from Apr 2011 to Aug 2013 with researches in nitrogen transformation in aquaponics. He is now Associate Professor, School of Environmental Science and Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan, Shandong, China

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DEVAPPA RAKSHIT

Rakshit worked as post-doc in our lab from Aug 2011 to Jan 2013. He is currently Senior Scientist, Biorefining Research Institute, Lakehead University, Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada

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Previous Ph.D. Students

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CHAYANON SAWATDEENARUNAT

Chayanon joined Khanal Lab in 2014 and completed his Ph.D. in 2017. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Asian Development College for Community Economy and Technology (adiCET) at Chiang Mai Rajabhat University, Thailand.

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SURENDRA K.C.

Surendra joined our lab in 2010 as Master's student. He later joined the Ph.D. program and graduated in 2017. Now he works as post-doc in on bioenergy production from energy crops.

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DEVIN TAKARA

Devin joined Khanal Lab in 2008 and completed his Ph.D. in 2012 with dissertation titled "Green processing of Napier grass for generation of biofuel and biobased product". He later worked as Junior Researcher from 2012-2014 in our lab. He is currently Senior Engineer, US Navy, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu

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SAOHARIT NITAYAVARDHANA

Saoharit joined our Lab in 2008 and completed her Ph.D. in 2012 with works on fungal biomass production for animal feed with concomitant water reclamation. Later she worked as post-doc in our lab from 2013-2014. She is now Assistant Professor, Chiang Mai University, Thailand.

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PRADEEP MUNASINGHE

Pradeep joined our Lab in 2008 and completed his Ph.D. in 2012 with research in mass transfer in composite hollow fiber membrane for syngas fermentation to biofuel. Afterward, he worked as post-doc in our lab from 2012-2013.  He is currently Research Engineer at WhiteDogLabs Inc., New Castle, DE

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DUC NGUYEN

Duc joined Khanal's lab in 2014 as a Ph.D. student. He worked with micro-aeration in AD processes to maintain stable performance at high loading rates. He is currently a Technical Officer at WWF, Vietnam.

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SUMETH WONGKIEW

Sumeth joined the lab in 2014 as a Ph.D. student. His research focused on nitrogen transformations in aquaponic systems. He is currently a lecturer at the Department of Environmental Engineering at Chulalongkorn University, Thailand.

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FERNANDA OLIVEIRA

Fernanda joined our lab in 2016 and completed her doctoral degree in 2019. Her research focused on the removal of hydrogen sulfide using biochar. She is working as a Research Engineer at Anheuser-Busch Inbev, USA.

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Previous Master's students

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EDWARD DRIELAK

Ed joined Khanal Lab in 2010 and completed his Master's degree in 2015 with research thesis on dilute acid pretreatment of Napier grass. He worked as junior researcher with Dr. Khanal afterward. Currently he is an Environmental Compliance Engineer at US Navy, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.

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SHILVA SHRESTHA

Shilva joined our Lab in 2012 and completed her Master's degree in 2015 with thesis on anaerobic digestion of lignocellulosic biomass using rumen contents for enhanced biogas production. She is currently Ph.D. candidate, University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI .

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MISHEEL BATSAIKHAN

Misheel completed her Master's degree in 2017. Her research focused on cultivation of protein-rich fungal biomass using agro-industrial residues. She is currently a Consulting Engineer at AECOM, Honolulu, HI.

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ELIJAH CROW

US
Eli joined our lab from 2014 to 2019 as a Master's Plan-B student. He worked on a fungal-algal symbiosis system for biofuel and bio-products generation. He has started his own company.

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MAJDOULINE LEROY

Majdouline completed her Master's degree with thesis on “Ultrastructural changes associated with different pretreatments on Napier grass” in 2012. She is now Engineer, US Navy, Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, HI.

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NORA ROBERTSON

Nora completed her Master's plan B in 2013 with topic Life cycle analysis of Napier grass for biofuel production. She is now Engineer at Tissue Genesis, Honolulu, HI

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MATTHEW WONG

Matt joined our lab in 2010 and completed his Master's degree with thesis on mass transfer evaluation of fungal fermentation in 2013. He is now a biological engineer Healthcare Information Technology, Wuhan, China

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ERNEST J. WILLIAMS

Ernest graduated from Master's plan B degree in 2016 with topic “Sewage sludge generation and treatment in Hawaii.” He is now environmental engineer in Washington, D.C.

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AARON KING

Aaron graduated Master's plan B in 2014 with topic “Oleaginousfungiasasourceoftriacylglycerides for biodiesel production.” He is now R & D Engineer, Pacific Biodiesel, LLC, HI

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SUMIL THAPA

Sumil graduated from Master's plan B in 2013 with topic "Anaerobic digestion of food waste". He is now Process Engineer, Oceanit Laboratories, Honolulu, HI

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Previous Visiting Scholars

BAIHANG ZHAO

Jul 2019 to Aug 2020

Beijing University of Technology
Beijing, China

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HUA THAI NHAN

July 2019 to Oct 2019

Borlaug Norman Fellow

Lecturer, College of Aquaculture and Fisheries 

Can Tho University, Vietnam

During his stay, his research area was specialized on system and microbial analysis of aquaponics.

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CHETTAPHONG PHUTTARO

Sep 2016 - Jul 2017

Royal Golden Jubilee Scholar, Prince of Songkla University, Songkhla, Thailand.

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SARUDA SITTHIKITPUNYA

May 2016 to Oct 2016

Royal Golden Jubilee Scholar, Khon Kaen University, Khon Kaen, Thailand).

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JARUPAT KANJANARONG

Aug 2014 to May 2015

Royal Golden Jubilee Scholar, Prince of Songhkla University, Songkhla, Thailand

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JUAN CAMILO ACEVEDO

Sep 2014 to Dec 2014

Current address: Ph.D. student, Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Medelin Columbia

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UNDERGRADUATE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

  1. Alandra DeAndrea (Senior in Biological Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa) (Spring 2020). (Recipient of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Grant, $5,000).

  2. Kacie Niimoto (Senior in Biological Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa) (Summer 2017 to present) Grant, $5,000.

  3. Kacie Niimoto, Marissa Kuwabara, Sara Lin and Gowoon Jung (Seniors in Biological Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa), Mentor of Senior Design Project, “Design of Small-Scale Water Treatment Systems for the Ala Wai Canal” (Fall 2017 to Spring 2018). (Recipient of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Grant, $10,000).

  4. Sreelakshmi Kutty(SophomoreinCivilandEnvironmental Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa) (Fall 2016 to present). (Recipient of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Grant, $5,000). Honors student. 

  5. Nutnicha Jarasjanyawat and Araya Schroder(High school students),Wells International School, Bangkok, Thailand (Jun 12 to Jul 21, 2017).

  6. Brent Wakuzawa (Senior in Biological Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa) (Spring 2016 to Spring 2017) (Recipient of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Grant, $5,000). Honors student.

  7. Charlene Leodones and Aliyah Abanes (High School student, St. Andrew’s Priory, Honolulu, HI) (Sep 2016- present).

  8. Anavat Siamwala and Thoranin Hlowjitsieng (High school students),Wells International School, Bangkok, Thailand (Jun 13 to Jul 22, 2016). 

  9. Noeloikeau Charlot and Zackery Morrison (Senior in Biological Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa), Mentor of Senior Design Project; “Design of modular hydroponic system” (Fall 2015 to Spring 2016).

  10. Sean Reseigh (Senior in Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences (TPSS), University of Hawaii at Manoa) (Spring 2016) (Recipient of Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) Grant, $5,000). Co-supervised with Prof. Jonathan Deenik of TPSS.

  11. Addy Oppegaard (Middle School student, Mid Pacific Institute, Honolulu, HI (Nov 2015- May 2016).

  12. Noeloikeau Charlot (Junior in Biological Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa) (Spring 2015).

  13. Sreelakshmi Kutty and Ariana Kim (High School student, St. Andrew’s Priory, Honolulu, HI) (Nov 2011- Jan 2012; Dec 2012-Feb 2013 and Aug 2013 – May 2016).

  14. Kimberly Tatsuyama (Junior in Biological Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa) (Spring 2015).

  15. Sheldon Arakawa (Junior in Biological Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa) (Summer 2014 to Spring 2015).

  16. Samira Fatemi (Senior in Biological Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa (Summer 2014 to summer 2015; Current address: Ph.D. student, Purdue University).

  17. Laura Martinez (Junior in Biological Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa) (Aug - Dec 2013; Current address: Engineer with local construction Co.).

  18. Raquel Auwae (Senior in Biological Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa) (Aug - Dec 2013; Current address: Thermocouple Engineer at Sumitomo Rubber USA).

  19. Joyce Lin (Senior in Biological Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa) (Oct 2012 - May 2013: Current address: Unknown).

  20. Victoria Lansdown (High School student, St. Andrew’s Priory, Honolulu, HI) (Jan 2011- Sep 2012; Current address: Unknown).

  21. Nora Robertson (Senior in Biological Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa) (Jun - Aug 2011 Current address: Tissue Genesis, HI). 

  22. Edward Drielak (Senior in Biological Engineering, University of Hawaii at Manoa) (Jun - Aug 2011; Current address: Environment Compliance Engineer, Pearl Harbor, HI).

  23. Jessica Schmidt (Senior in Biological Engineering, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY) (Jun – Aug 2010; Current address: Unknown).

  24. Travis Nakagawa (Senior in Biological Engineering, University of Hawaii) (May – Aug 2009; St. Jude Medical, Inc.).

  25. Christopher N. Vassallo (Senior in Dept. of Biology, University of Hawai'i) (Jan – May 2009; Current address: Unknown).

  26. Sarah Tamashiro and Lindsay Fujimoto (High School students, St. Andrew’s Priory High School, Honolulu, HI) (2009 and 2010; Current address: Senior, Occidental College (Sarah); Senior, Grinnell College (Lindsay)).

  27. Elise Minkin (High School student, Punahou School, Honolulu, HI) (May, 2009-Aug 2010: Senior University of Pennsylvania). 

PREVIOUS STUDENTS AT IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

  1. Mary Rasmussen (Ph.D.), “Fungal treatment of thin stillage from dry corn milling ethanol plant and recovery of protein as animal feed.” (Fall 2009; Current address: Unknown).

  2. Micky Vincent (Ph.D.), “Sequential saccharification and fermentation of corn stover for the production of fuel ethanol using wood-rot fungi, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Escherichia coli K011.” (Summer 2010; Current address: Lecturer, Dept of Biotechnology, University of Malaysia Sarawak (UNIMAS)).

  3. Bishnu Karki (Ph.D.), “Ultrasonic application in soy processing to enhance protein yield and sugar release.” (Spring 2009; Current address: Assistant Professor, South Dakota State University, Brooking, SD).

  4. Melissa Montalbo (Ph.D.), “Ultrasonic pretreatment of corn to enhance ethanol yield.” (Fall 2008; Current address: Assistant Professor, Rowan University).

  5. Prachand Shrestha (Ph.D.), “Fungal conversion of lignocellulosic biomass into ethanol.” (Fall 2008; Current address: Senior Scientist, Novozymes, Franklinton, NC).

  6. Yashodhara Kambam (M.S.), “Bioenergy production from fungal treated stillage.” (Summer 2008; Current address: Moved to India).

  7. Nagapadma Jasti (Ph.D.), “Attached growth fungal process for protein recovery from corn processing residues.” (Fall 2006; Current address: self-employed, Houston, TX).

  8. Karen Bodach (M.S.) “Biological pretreatment of industrial wastewater for volatile fatty acids removal.” (Spring 2006; Consulting engineer in Chicago).

  9. Sindhuja Sankaran (M.S.), “Ozone as a selective disinfectant for nonaseptic fungal cultivation on corn-processing wastewater.” (Spring 2006; Current address: Assoc. Prof., Washington State University, WA, USA).

  10. Bin Xie (M.S.), “Adsorptive removal of naturally occurring trace toxins from water: Case studies of arsenic (V) and estrogens.” (Summer 2006; Current address: Project Engineer, Oceaneeing, Houston, TX).

  11. Mary Rasmussen (M.S.), “Sequential saccharification of corn fiber by the brown rot fungus, Gloeophyllum trabeum, and ethanol production by Saccharomyces cerevisiae.” (Summer 2006; Current address: Unknown).

  12. Prachand Shrestha (M.S.), “Saccharification of corn fiber by Phanerochaete chrysosporium in solid-state fermentation and subsequent fermentation of hydrolysate into ethanol.” (Summer 2006; Current address: Senior Scientist, Novozymes, Franklinton, NC).

  13. Yongie Miao (M.S.), “Selective disinfection for nonaseptic fungal treatment of food processing wastewater.” (Spring 2005; Current address: Engineer at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH).