Ken Reardon

Office: 344 Scott Bioengineering
Phone: 970-491-6505
Fax: 970-491-7369

BSE in Chemical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
MS in Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology
PhD in Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology

Dr. Reardon received his BS degree from the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD from the California Institute of Technology, both in chemical engineering. He joined the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at CSU in 1988 after a year of postdoctoral research at the Universität Hannover as an Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow. Within the department, he is Professor and Jud and Pat Harper Chair. Dr. Reardon is also the Associate Dean of Research for the College of Engineering and holds joint appointments in several other science and engineering programs at CSU. His research combines bioreactor analysis, systems biology (primarily proteomics), and applied microbiology and microbial ecology. He is also interested in the interconnected challenges of food, energy, and water production (the food-energy-water nexus), which is becoming a major issue around the world.

Research Staff

Xingfeng Huang


BS in Plant Genetics and Breeding, Anhui Agricultural University
MS in Plant Genetics and Breeding, Anhui Agricultural University
PhD in Plant Biotechnology, Wageningen University

Dr. Huang received his BSc and MSc degrees in Plant Genetics and Breeding from Anhui Agricultural University, China. He moved to the Netherlands to pursue his PhD degree in 2006 and received his PhD in Plant Biotechnology from the Wageningen University & Research, the Netherlands, in 2010. He did his postdoctoral research in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering and Department of Horticulture and Landscape Architecture with Drs. Ken Reardon and Jorge Vivanco at Colorado State University, USA from 2011 to 2016. He became a research scientist in the Reardon Group at CSU in 2016. His research has been involved in multiple research fields including plant biotechnology, applied microbiology, bioengineering, fermentation, and biofuel production. He is interested in the research projects such as lignocellulose biodegradation for biofuel production, development of enzymatic biosensor systems, plant-microbe interaction to improve plant growth and crop productivity, microbiome analysis using 16S and ITS rRNA sequencing, bioengineering and fermentation to produce biofuel compounds, algae cultivation for algal biomass production.

Sei Park


BS in Biology, Yonsei University
MS in Plant Physiology, Yonsei University
PhD in Applied Biological Chemistry, University of Tokyo 

Danielle Bartholet

Office: 321 Scott Bioengineering 

BS in Biological Engineering, University of Florida
PhD in Chemical Engineering, Colorado State University

Danielle graduated from the University of Florida in 2017 with a B.S. in biological engineering. Her undergraduate studies focused on agricultural and water resource applications of bioengineering. During her senior year, she participated in an REU program at Colorado State University, where she studied combustion properties of biofuel-blended multicomponent fuels. Danielle then decided to stay at CSU to pursue a PhD in chemical engineering. She has worked on a broad range of projects during graduate school, with a primary focus on electro-enhanced bioprocesses. After defending her dissertation in May 2023, Danielle is continuing her work in the Reardon Lab as a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Graduate Students

Mark Greenwood

Office: 321 Scott Bioengineering 

BS in Chemical Engineering, Colorado State University

Mark Graduated with a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Colorado State University in 2018 before starting his doctoral work at CSU. He is interested in building a quantitative understanding of variation within cell-based assays and designing new devices to test for harmful endocrine disrupting chemicals.

Kees Baas

Office: 321 Scott Bioengineering 

BS in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware

Kees graduated with a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from the University of Delaware in 2018. After two years in industry as an engineer working on medical products, he decided to pursue a PhD in Chemical Engineering at CSU. Kees’ research focuses on using cyanobacteria for the sustainable production of fossil fuel alternatives. Primarily, he is developing a cyanobacteria cultivation system which limits water use, energy inputs, and competition with food sources. Kees has also worked on projects focused on metabolic engineering of cyanobacteria and is studying the electroactivity of Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803.

Elliot Ferrell-Carretey

Office: 321 Scott Bioengineering

BS in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado State University

Elliot Ferrell-Carretey is a new Chemical & Biological Engineering master’s student in the algae lab. He is focusing on constructing a wireless algae concentration sensor. He spent the last 2 years of his undergrad at CSU in the CBE program. During his undergrad he served as president of Engineers Without Borders and traveled on projects in Ecuador, El Salvador, and Guatemala. He is currently working on implementing a well and water distribution system in El Salvador. In his free time, he works as a fencing coach and competes nationally. 

Claire Bailey

Office: 321 Scott Bioengineering

BS in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Colorado School of Mines

Claire is a third year PhD student in Bioengineering. She received her B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering in 2020 from Colorado School of Mines. Claire’s doctoral research will focus on developing bioelectrochemical systems for electro-enhanced anaerobic digestion. In her spare time, Claire enjoys trail running, snowboarding, and spending time with her dog, Zissou. 

Asim Phadke



BTech in Chemical Engineering, MGM Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College

Asim graduated with a bachelor of technology in chemical engineering from MGM’s Jawaharlal Nehru Engineering College, where his undergraduate research focused on liquid-liquid extraction. He then worked as a Process Engineering Intern at IPCA Laboratories, India. After that, Asim was appointed as Climate Fellow at Department of Environment & Climate Change, Government of Maharashtra, India.  He is now pursuing  his masters degree in Chemical & Biological Engineering at CSU, where his research will focus on carbon dioxide sparging for efficient Algae Cultivation. In his free time he enjoys playing cricket, reading books and listening to classical music.

Undergraduate Assistants

Polina Zaytseva

Office: 321 Scott Bioengineering

Polina graduated from Fossil Ridge High School in 2021 and is now in her 3rd year as a Chemical and Biological Engineering and Biomedical Engineering double major at CSU. She has been working in the Reardon Lab since Summer 2022 alongside Danielle, helping with electro-enhanced anaerobic digestion and fermentation research. She is also leading an independent research project on iron supplementation in anaerobic digestion. Polina was a competitive ballroom dancer and loves hedgehogs and heavy metal!