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Education

Aug 2010Present

PhD

University of California Davis

Honors and Distinctions

Activities

Aug 2004Aug 2009

BS/MS

Honors and Distinctions

  • Selected participant of Green Technology Entrepreneurship Academy hosted by University of California Davis Center for Entrepreneurship (July 2008)
  • Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and College (March 2008)
  • 1st place Lieutenant Governor’s Award. This award goes to the business plan that best integrates clean renewable business practices in Nevada (April 2007)
  • 2nd place Donald W. Reynolds’s Governor’s Cup, Nevada’s only statewide business plan competition (April 2007)
  • 3rd place in the University of Nevada Reno Institute of Innovation and Informatics business plan competition (combined graduate and undergraduate participants) (Dec 2006)
  • Dean's List - College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources (Aug 2004, May 2008)

Activities

  • McNair Scholar Participant in a post baccalaureate achievement program designed to enhance research and other scholarly activities. Participants are from disadvantaged backgrounds and have demonstrated strong academic potential. (October 2007 to May 2009)
  • Medical Research Student Interest Group (MRSIG) Active member of MRSIG, a diverse group interested in fields of medicine and research. (May 2007 to January 2009)
  • Delta Epsilon Iota (DEI) Active member in the campus organization that recognizes academic excellence and provides members with a forum for leadership, community service and valuable insight into career development. (May 2007 to January 2009)
  • Alpha Zeta (AZ) Acted as treasurer while a member of Alpha Zeta (2006-2007). Active member of the honorary and professional academic fraternity with educational and career roots in agriculture. As part of our community outreach, we packaged food for local families in need at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. (May 2005 to January 2009)

Nevada Governors Cup

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Affiliations

Business plan competitions

Lieutenant Governor’s Cup - 1st place Lieutenant Governor’s Award. This award goes to the business plan that best integrates clean renewable business practices in Nevada. (2007)

Donald W. Reynolds’s Governor’s Cup - 2nd place in Nevada’s only statewide business plan competition. (2007)

Institute of Innovation and Informatics - 3rd place at the University of Nevada Reno. (2006)

Presentations

Selected presentations.

*presenting author

While a student at the University of California Davis

  • Poster presentation. Mark Lemos*, Natasha Worden, Daniel Hayden, and Katayoon Dehesh. Rechanneling starch to oil. 2010-2011 CREATE-IGERT Symposium. University of California Davis Genome Center. January 11-12, 2011. Davis, CA
  • Oral Presentation. Mark Lemos*, Daniel Hayden, and Katayoon (Katie) Dehesh. Starch to oil conversion in oat endosperm. Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) scholar summer research presentation. August 31, 2010. Davis, CA

While a student at the University of Nevada Reno

  • Oral presentation. Mark Lemos*, Leyla Hernandez-Gomez, Rebecca Albion, Sage Hiibel, David Shintani, Jeffery Harper, and John Cushman. Algae based biofuels. Freshmen Biochemistry class at University of Nevada Reno. 2010 Reno, NV
  • Poster presentation. Mark Lemos*, Leyla Hernandez-Gomez, Rebecca Albion, David Shintani, Jeffery Harper, and John Cushman. Nevada’s green gold: growing microalgae for biofuels year round using low temperature geothermal. Main Station Field Day. September 12, 2009. Reno, NV
  • Oral presentation. Mark Lemos*, Leyla Hernandez- Gomez, Rebecca Albion, and John Cushman (PI). Survey of halophytic microalgae as a potential feedstock for biofuel production. University of Nevada Reno 5th Annual Biotechnology Symposium. May, 2008. Reno, NV
  • Oral presentation. Mark Lemos*, Leyla Hernandez-Gomez, Rebecca Albion, Sage Hiibel, David Shintani, Jeffery Harper, and John Cushman. Algae based biofuels. Freshmen Biochemistry class at University of Nevada Reno. 2009 Reno, NV
  • Poster presentation. Mark Lemos*, Leyla Hernandez-Gomez, Rebecca Albion, David Shintani, Jeffery Harper, and John Cushman. Survey of halophytic microalgae as a potential feedstock for biofuel production. Main Station Field Day. September 20, 2008. Reno, NV
  • Oral presentation. Mark Lemos*, Leyla Hernandez-Gomez, Rebecca Albion, David Shintani, Jeffery Harper, and John Cushman. Biofuels from salt basin algae: a renewable energy crop for carbon recycling.5th Annual McNair Summer Research colloquium closing ceremony. August 1, 2008. Reno, NV
  • Oral and poster presentation. Mark Lemos*, Leyla Hernandez- Gomez, Rebecca Albion, and John Cushman (PI). Survey of halophytic microalgae as a potential feedstock for biofuel production. University of Nevada Reno 4th Annual Biotechnology Symposium. May 14, 2008. Reno, NV
  • Poster presentation. Mark Lemos*, and John Cushman. Biofuels from salt basin algae: a renewable energy crop for carbon sequestration. Desert Research Institute Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program poster session.  August 15, 2007. Reno, NV
  • Poster presentation. Mark Lemos*, David Shintani, Jeffery Harper, and John Cushman. Biofuels from salt basin algae: a renewable energy crop for carbon sequestration. Main Station Field Day. June 23, 2007. Reno, NV
  • Oral business presentation. Mark Lemos* Nevada Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology “Tech Thursday” meeting for a presentation on EVO Fuels and participation in Governors Cup statewide business plan competition. May 24, 2007. Reno, NV
  • Oral business presentation. Mark Lemos*, John C. Cushman (Scientific Mentor), Rudi Wiedemann (CEO Mentor), Jolene Hayes (Graduate Finance Mentor). EVO Fuels business plan presentation for Governors Cup statewide business plan competition. April 26, 2007. Reno, NV
  • Oral business presentation. Mark Lemos*, John C. Cushman (Scientific Mentor), Rudi Wiedemann (CEO Mentor), Jolene Hayes (Graduate Finance Mentor). EVO Fuels business plan presentation for Lieutenant Governors Cup Clean Energy Award. April 17, 2007. Reno, NV
  • Oral business presentation. Mark Lemos*. EVO Fuels business plan presentation for Institute for Innovation and Informatics business plan competition. December 1, 2006. Reno, NV

Conferences

*presenting author

  • Oral Presentation. Mark Lemos*, Leyla Hernandez-Gomez*, Rebecca Albion, David Shintani, Jeffery Harper, and John Cushman. Microalgae as a biofuel crop for Nevada. 7th annual Inter-Tribal Council of Nevada Youth Leadership Conference. November 15, 2009. Reno, NV
  • Poster presentation. Algae Biomass Organization 3rd annual Algae Biomass Summit. San Diego, CA October 7-9, 2009
  • Poster presentation. Mark Lemos*, Leyla Hernandez-Gomez, Rebecca Albion, David Shintani, Jeffery Harper, and John Cushman. A geothermal approach to open pond production of halophytic microalgae for biofuels American Society of Plant Biologists. July 18-22, 2009 Honolulu, HI
  • Conference attendee. Algae Biomass Organization 2nd annual Algae Biomass Summit. Seattle, WA October 23-24, 2008
  • Oral presentation. Mark Lemos*, Leyla Hernandez-Gomez, Rebecca Albion, David Shintani, Jeffery Harper, and John Cushman. 16th annual California McNair Scholars Symposium. University of California at Berkeley. August 7-11, 2008. Berkeley, CA
  • Poster presentation. Mark Lemos*, Leyla Henandez, Rebecca Albion, and John Cushman. Survey of halophytic microalgae as potential feedstock for biofuel production. The Pan American Congress on Plants and BioEnergy, June 22-25, 2008. Merida, Mexico
  • Selected conference attendee. Algae Biomass Organization 1st annual Algae Biomass Summit. November 15-17, 2007. San Francisco, CA.

Research

Microalgae for use in Biofuels

Jan 2007-May 2010The goal of the project was to characterize halophytic strains of microalgae based on starch and oil content to determine their potential as feedstocks for ethanol and biodiesel.

Pig (Porcine) Genomics Project

Feb 2005-Feb 2007The goal was to generate a high resolution 12,000 rad genomic map of the porcine genome.

Feral Horse Project

Aug 2003-June 2004The goal was to begin research that would genetically determine which breed of horse is most closely related to the Wassuk Range feral horses.

Sage Grouse Project

Aug 2001-June 2004A project brought to Yerington High School by the Nevada Division of Wildlife. The goal was to genetically map territory occupied by the southern sage grouse.

Grants

Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Scholars Summer Program $6,000.00 

Project title: Starch to oil conversion in oat endosperm.

University of California Davis, 2010

Ronald E. McNair Summer Research (McNair Post Baccalaureate achievement program) $2,800.00 

Project title: Survey of halophytic microalgae as potential feedstock for biofuel production.

University of Nevada Reno, 2008

University of Nevada Reno Graduate Student Association travel grant

Used to attend the 2nd annual Algae Biomass Summit in Seattle, Washington, 2008

Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) grant $5,500.00

Project title: Microalgae as a renewable biofuel crop in Nevada. NSF-EPSCoR award # EPS-0814372.

University of Nevada Reno, 2007

Cognitive Information Processing grant, $5,500.00

Project title: Optical processing technology for harvesting microalgae based on oil content. NSF-EPSCoR Research Infrastructure for Nevada’s Growth - Targeting Research with Uniqueness and Excellence III (RING-TRUE III) award number: 0447416

University of Nevada Reno, 2007

Peer Reviewed Publications

In Print

Fadi Alkayal, Rebecca L. Albion, Richard L. Tillett, Leyla T. Hathwaik, Mark S. Lemos and John C. Cushman. Expressed sequence tag (EST) profiling in hyper saline shocked Dunaliella salina reveals high expression of protein synthetic apparatus components. Plant Science 2010; doi:10.1016/j.plantsci.2010.07.001

W.-S. Liu, H. Yasue, K. Eyer, H. Hiraiwa, T. Shimogiri, B. Roelofs, E. Landrito, J. Ekstrand, M. Treat, N. Paes, M. Lemos, A.C. Griffith, M.L. Davis, S.N. Meyers, M. Yerle, D. Milan, J.E. Beever, L.B. Schook, C.W. Beattie. High-resolution comprehensive radiation hybrid maps of the porcine chromosomes 2p and 9p compared with the human chromosome 11. Cytogenet Genome Res 2008;120:157-163 doi: 10.1159/000118757