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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: Business Development Coordinator
Phone: (217)300-7613
Email: arogers9@illinois.edu

Amy Rogers joined IBRL in March of 2022 as the Business Development Coordinator.  She is responsible for coordinating the accounting operations and business functions of IBRL. Amy has a Bachelor [...]

Title: Pilot Plant Specialist
Phone: (217) 300-5781
Email: jsbrown6@illinois.edu

Jedi Brown joined the FSHN Pilot Processing Plant and Dining Services Team in Summer of 2017 as a Food Service Administrator III. He has spent the last 15 years training [...]

Title: Senior 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: Senior 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) 333-2892
Email: kshesh@illinois.edu

Kseniya Sheshukova joined IBRL in October 2021. She has a B.S. and M.S. in Biosystems Engineering from Kansas State University. Before IBRL, she worked at a biotechnology company focusing on the downstream process [...]

Title: Pilot Plant Specialist

Thomas McKenna joined IBRL in March 2022. He has a Bachelor’s in Molecular and Cellular Biology from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Previously, he worked in research and development at [...]

Title: Junior Pilot Plant Specialist
Phone: (217) 333-4560
Email: mcastne2@illinois.edu

Marissa Castner joined IBRL in January 2022 as a member of the fermentation team. She has a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Previously, Marissa [...]

Title: Analytical Laboratory Specialist
Phone: (217) 333-4630
Email: srtakhar@illinois.edu

Suneet Takhar joined IBRL as a part-time lab manager in November 2019. She took up the full-time analytical lab specialist role in January 2022 which includes both technical and management [...]

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 [...]