Benjamin Haas| | University of Illinois
Benjamin Haas is a visiting scholar at the University of Illinois, leading some of the RIPE project's DNA assembly work. His research focuses on trying to increase the energy available to the plant by modifying its response to changing light conditions. For the RIPE project, he will be using gene-editing to identify and effectively alter gene regulatory regions that influence photoprotection. Benjamin earned his bachelor's degree in food science and biotechnology from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. He earned his master's degree in biotechnology also from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna. He is a recipient of the Marshall Plan Scholarship to complete his master thesis work at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.