Allison Yaguchi – Clemson University
Allison Yaguchi is currently a third-year Ph.D. candidate in the Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Department at Clemson University, where she works in Dr. Mark Blenner’s lab. Prior to joining Clemson, she obtained her B.S. in Chemical and Life Sciences Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University. Her research focuses on characterization and engineering a non-conventional, oleaginous yeast, Trichosporon oleaginosus. Outside of research, one of Allison’s greatest passions is engaging and empowering underserved and underrepresented groups with STEM education. To accomplish this goal, she serves as the current Outreach Chair for her department’s graduate student organization. As Chair, she establishes and fosters connections between the graduate students and the surrounding community. She has expanded the Outreach Committee to also involve the Chemical Engineering faculty and undergraduates, and is currently helping to design a STEM summer camp for local middle school students. After graduation, Allison hopes to remain in academia at a major research university where she can contribute to the field of biomolecular engineering.