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He has a Bachelor’s of Science in Marine Biology from Humboldt State University in California (2003-2008). In his B.S. he researched the microbial community of Boiling Springs Lake in Lassen Volcanic National Park. During this research he was awarded a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellowship. After his B.S. he continued with postbaccalaureate studies (2008-2011) researching primary production in the high temperature, low pH hot spring, identifying organisms and genetic systems involved in carbon fixation. During this time he and his lab were featured in an episode by National Geographic about science on the Pacific Crest Trail (2010).
He later received a Master’s of Science in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts (2011-2014), his work there centered on microbial electrochemical technologies. He worked with Dr. Derek Lovley to develop techniques for the real-time monitoring of subsurface microbial metabolism with graphite electrodes. His work showed a direct correlation between the current density of sediment microbial fuel cell and the metabolism of the microbes in the sediment of the fuel cell. The poster, “SMART (Subsurface Microbial Activity in Real Time) Technology for Real-Time Monitoring of Microbial Metabolism in Anaerobic Soils and Sediments”, was given the “Outstanding Student Poster” award at the American Society for Microbiology General Meeting in 2014. Colin, because of his research, was an invited speaker at the IBM Almaden Research Center in April of 2015.
Currently Colin is a predoctoral researcher in the Bioelectrogenesis group headed by Abraham Esteve Núñez.