The Graduate Student Ambassador Program enhances the connection between CSU Ventures, CSU faculty and students. Engaging graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to serve as ambassadors provides career development opportunities such as identifying innovative campus research, and networking with startups and the Northern Colorado entrepreneurial community.
Since the inception of the Ambassador Program in 2012, there have been 30 student ambassadors from 16 departments across seven colleges, including the colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Health and Human Sciences, Liberal Arts, Natural Sciences, CVMBS, and the Warner College of Natural Resources.
Aaron is a post-doctoral researcher for Dr. Glenn Telling at the Prion Research Center in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology. His work focuses on Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) which are infectious neurodegenerative diseases caused by the misfolding of normal prion protein (PrPC) to (PrPSc). The work focuses on identifying diagnostic tools to detect early disease onset as well as developing therapeutic strategies as there is no known cure for these diseases.
Allee is a PhD Candidate in the Chemistry department at Colorado State University studying block polymer synthesis, nanostructure, and mechanical characterization. Her research focuses on designing a hydrogel with fatigue resistance and fracture resistance for use in mechanically-intensive applications such as a meniscal tissue replacement.
Angelique is a second-year master’s student in the department of Agriculture and Resources Economics. She is the graduate research assistant on the Technology-to-Market team on a project studying corn breeding for enhanced root structure to promote drought tolerance, carbon sequestration, and soil quality improvement. Her thesis research seeks to understand what influences farmer adoption of these potential technologies.
Darrell Suer graduated from Colorado State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration (emphasis Computer Information Systems) as well as earning a minor in Religious Studies. After graduation he worked as an IT Systems Analyst, and Senior IT Systems engineer for Progressive Insurance. At Progressive, Darrell supported critical back-end systems as an on-call resource and was responsible for engineering high-availability IT solutions. While engineering provided a daily challenge, Darrell believes strongly in the power of enterprises focused on doing the right thing first. He recently began working on his first “start-up,” and intends to use enterprise to help shape a better future.
Jeremy is a Research Associate working in plant synthetic biology. Bachelor of Science degrees in Applied Physics and Biology from the University of Minnesota Duluth empower him to use computational modeling and data science to inform the design and optimization of novel genetic circuits to impart pragmatic function to plants. Also a part-time graduate student in the Biomedical Engineering program, diverse interests at the confluence of various disciplines have motivated Jeremy towards entrepreneurship and technology commercialization. Outside of his research and professional interests, Jeremy enjoys music, travel, and a variety of outdoor sports and activities.
Matheus is a postdoc fellow in the Biomedical Sciences department at Colorado State University. His research is focused on how the HIV virus can develop neurobiological changes that resemble the ones seen in Alzheimer’s disease, hoping to elucidate the mechanisms and find a way to intervene in this pathway. He obtained his PhD in Brazil, doing part of his research at the New York University School of Medicine. Now in Colorado, when he is not working, he is playing volleyball, doing Crossfit, and biking around the city.
Matt is a PhD Candidate from the Stasevich Laboratory within the department of Biochemistry. His research focuses on the spatial organization of cellular genetic material. He uses a combination of single-molecule tracking and fluorescence microscopy to study how chromatin is accessed and regulated to facilitate selective genetic expression. In his free time, Matt can be found backpacking, camping, skiing, and riding his motorcycle through the canyons.
Originally from Omaha Nebraska, Ryan received a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and then went on to receive a Ph.D. in Molecular Biophysics from Florida State University in Tallahassee Florida. He is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at Colorado State University in the Department of Chemistry, working with Dr. Chris Ackerson to develop nanotechnologies for remote, nano-scale measurement and manipulation inside of living cells. He is also an active member of the CSU Postdoctoral Association, and is dedicated to supporting the cultivation of scientific communication and collaboration between researchers at CSU.