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Title: Executive Director
Phone: (217) 333-9510
Email: vsingh@illinois.edu

Dr. Vijay Singh is a Founder Professor in Grainger College of Engineering, Distinguished Professor of Bioprocessing in the college of ACES, Executive Director of Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory at the [...]

Title: Associate Director of Strategic Operations
Phone: (217) 300-5404
Email: bjacobs3@illinois.edu

Brian Jacobson joined IBRL in February 2012, and has a joint appointment managing the Food Science & Human Nutrition Pilot Processing Plant. He is responsible for all facility operations and [...]

Title: Associate Director of Business Development
Phone: (217) 300-4543
Email: bconerty@illinois.edu

Beth Conerty joined IBRL in December 2017 as the Business Development Manager.  She is working to grow relationships with industry and help bring projects into the IBRL facility.  Beth has [...]

Title: Pilot Plant Specialist
Phone: (217) 300-7519
Email: ewolfe@illinois.edu

Eric Wolfe joined IBRL in January 2018 as the pilot plant specialist. He is responsible for the startup and maintenance of the equipment as well as process support in the [...]

Title: Pilot Plant Specialist
Phone: (217) 300-1120
Email: manningp@illinois.edu

Phillip Manning joined IBRL in January 2019 as a pilot plant specialist.  Phillip has a bachelors degree in Biological Sciences from Eastern Illinois University.  Previously, Phillip worked at the Archer [...]

Title: Pilot Plant Specialist
Phone: (217) 332-5683
Email: sywilson@illinois.edu

Stephen Wilson joined IBRL in March 2021. He has a Bachelor’s in Biosystems/Agricultural Engineering from Michigan State University. Before IBRL, he worked at the Michigan State University Bioeconomy Institute (MSUBI) [...]

Title: Analytical Laboratory Specialist
Email: srtakhar@illinois.edu

Suneet Takhar joined IBRL in November 2019 as the analytical lab specialist. She has a Bachelor’s in Microbiology with a minor in Chemistry from University of Idaho and a Master’s [...]

Title: Budget and Human Resource Manager
Phone: (217) 244-9528
Email: rsully@illinois.edu

Ronda initially joined IBRL in August of 2016 as the Interim Associate Director of Budget and HR as an appointment in addition to her role in the Department  of Agricultural [...]

Title: Office Support
Email: ddavis5@illinois.edu

Diane started at IBRL on August 9, 2021 and is a retired University employee.  Some of the departments Diane worked in previously include: Residential Life, Illini Union Student programs, Family [...]

Title: Academic Hourly

Zharfa joined IBRL in May 2021 after graduating from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign majoring in Agricultural and Biological Engineering. Previously, she worked as an undergraduate intern at the [...]