I am a postdoctoral scholar at the Center for Marine Biotechnology and Biomedicine at Scripps Institution of Oceanography / UC San Diego. I gained a great appreciation for metabolism during my undergraduate work on Streptomyces bacteria in Jason Sello's lab. To further learn about life's biosynthetic capabilities and how we can harness it for good, I joined Jay Keasling's group at UC Berkeley, where I quickly learned that the field is limited by the variety of chemical reactions we can catalyze enzymatically. During my graduate studies, I focused on enzyme discovery using high-throughput mass spectrometry. Now, at SIO, I have set my sights on the abundant existing biodiversity and hence, biosynthetic potential in the world's oceans to expand our biosynthetic toolbox.

My current interests include:

 

  • Genomics of biosynthetically "gifted" marine organisms
  • Metabolic pathway and enzyme discovery
  • "Biosynthetic methodology"
  • Biocatalysis
  • Metabolic engineering
  • High-throughput analytical chemistry
  • Laboratory automation
  • Graduate and undergraduate student mentorship

 

Publications

Tristan's Tips and Tricks

Nowadays, most biology experiments are conducted in plastic labware, however some procedures are better done in glass labware. In this article I discuss why and give some pointers to help you efficiently perform experiments in glass.

05.04.2019

Wet Lab Tips and Tricks

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There exists a lot of knowledge in science that is not taught in textbooks or lab classes. You may find nuggets of information deep in footnotes of the SI of a long-forgotten paper in an obscure journal, learn about it from a colleague in grad school, or accidentally invent a more efficient way of doing an experiment. It’s a shame that this kind of information doesn’t get shared more efficiently; It is rarely substantial enough to write a bona fide journal article, but just telling a handful of colleagues doesn’t really help spread the word. Therefore, I have decided to start this blog / article series that I hope will help disseminate some of the tricks of the trade I have stumbled upon.

03.04.2019

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Peer-reviewed publications

If you're unable to access a paper you want to read, please contact me and I can share an electronic copy for personal use.