|MIT Department: Earth Atmospheric and Planetary Science
Faculty Mentor: Prof. Brent Minchew
Research Supervisor: Meghana Ranganathan
Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida
Hometown: Tampa, Florida
Hi! I’m Florencia Corbo-Ferreira, a rising junior at the University of Florida. I am majoring in Environmental Engineering and minoring in Materials Science & Engineering. For the last year or so I have been involved with a couple research projects, most of them relating to water quality and analysis. I am also leading my own research project, with the help of Dr. Ana Martin-Ryals, that involves investigating the use of cyanobacteria to treat the aqueous product of hydrothermal liquefaction. These organisms produce valuable biopolymers, specifically polyhydroxybutyrate (PHB) when in stressed conditions! My goal is to use science and engineering to help improve the health of the Earth and the lives of the people on it. I also hope to contribute knowledge for humanity’s journey to other planets! My hobbies include playing Pokemon Go, trying new foods, thrifting, and spending time with family.