April 11, 2012
I am a potential entrepreneur. I have assembled an interdisciplinary team consisting of biologists, chemists, biochemists and biological engineers with the goal of genetically modifying a bacteria, Thiobacillus ferooxidans, for use in the leaching or mining of low grade copper ore.
I am interested in startups. I am currently working with funding from the University of Miami, but when I graduate I would like to form a startup based on the aforementioned ideas.
I live in Surfside, Florida.
I am a student at the University of Miami and also a researcher at the Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. In my research position I conduct experiments related to bacterial engineering and also look at the effects of Cocaine usage on gene expression in the Striatum. Working at the Hussman Institute has introduced me to a wide variety of brilliant scientists, all with different ideas regarding how I can genetically engineer my bacteria of interest, and I have been able to assimilate these ideas into a completely novel method for large scale bacterial genetic modification in order to accomplish my goal of efficient bioleaching of low grade copper ore.
Ian Ergui, a Biology student at the University of Miami and Miami Beach resident. I am interested in the use of archaea, or micro organisms that live in extreme conditions, for industrial processes such as bioleaching and solid waste management.