Kubis and Vasileva win CBI research presentation competition

Graduate student Matthew Kubis from Dartmouth University and Oak Ridge National Laboratory postdoctoral researcher Delyanna Vasileva were the winners of the research presentation competition at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Center for Bioenergy Innovation 2022 annual meeting held in Asheville, North Carolina.

Kubis’ presentation, “Addressing the limitations of consolidated bioprocessing,” and Vasileva’s titled “QTL (Quantitative Trait Locus) mapping accelerating microbe designs” described CBI-relevant research areas, potential barriers, discoveries, advancements in science, and how the work helps support a sustainable bioeconomy.

The competition is part of CBI’s outreach program encouraging students and early career researchers in the field, including the development of important science communication skills. Each competitor submitted recorded presentations to the CBI research council. Presenters had the option of taking subsequent feedback and re-cording their presentations for final judging. This allowed the researchers to improve their presentation skills and to better describe their science—key skills for future success.

The Center for Bioenergy Innovation at ORNL is one of four DOE Bioenergy Research Centers focused on advancing biofuels and bioproducts for a vibrant domestic bioeconomy. The center is accelerating the development of bioenergy-relevant plants and microbes to enable production of drop-in sustainable aviation fuel, bioproducts that sequester carbon and sustainable replacements for plastics and other environmentally harmful products. CBI is supported by the Biological and Environmental Research program in DOE’s Office of Science.