Translational Plant Science Doctoral Fellow, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Scott Lab W363
201 W 19th Ave,
Areas of Expertise
- Additive Manufacturing
- B.S. Plant Science - Microbiology, University of Arizona
- M.S. Plant Pathology - Chemical Engineering, University of Arizona
- Ph.D. Translational Plant Science, The Ohio State University
Parker received his BS in Plant Sciences and Microbiology from the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ) in 2014. As an undergraduate Parker co-founded MycoCats, an organization which uses fungal biotechnology to recycle toxic waste products into substrates for sustainable food production. He completed an MS degree in the labs of Dr. Barry Pryor (Plant Pathology) and Dr. Don Gervasio (Chemical Engineering) working on biological fuel cells. His work coupled the biological and engineering aspects of enzymatic fuel cells with in situ catalyst regeneration.
Parker specializes in translating biological innovations into engineering practice. His research in the TPSGP utilizes a novel device known as a programmable chemical actuator for the electronic control of biological processes. To this end he and his advisors have demonstrated fully reversible changes of pH and ion concentration using prototype PCAs. Parker has integrated PCAs into cuvettes to electronically control the enzyme activity of alkaline phosphatase. Parker’s project will conclude with the development of programmable chemical actuators into a commercially available tool for scientific advancement.