Xuemei BaiPrincipal Scientist
Xuemei Bai, received a Ph.D. in Marine Science from the University of Southern Mississippi, Stennis Space Center in 2004. Her Ph.D. research was focused on photosynthetic carbon flux direction (i.e. lipids, carbohydrate and protein) under different environmental regimes and separation techniques for photosynthetic end products of algae. From 2004-2006, She was awarded a Marine Science Network postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center where she worked on parasitism of the toxic, bloom-forming dinoflagellate Karlodinium veneficum. From 2007-2008, She held a postdoctoral investigator position in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Southern California. Her research interests focused on population dynamics of harmful algal blooms (Raphidophytes), utilizing both in situ sensors and molecular approaches.
In 2008, she joined the Kona Demonstration Facility, R&D department, of Cellana. She leads the R&D efforts including, 1) algal strain screening for the development of biofuels, animal feed, and high value co-products, e.g. long-chain ω3 fatty acids, 2) optimization of algal performance in the mid-scale screening and cultivation system, and 3) the production of biomass in the ALDUOTM large-scale cultivation system. In addition to the focus on upstream algal cultivation technology for bio-products development and production, she also works with downstream partners on biomass processing including lipid extraction, ω3 fatty acids purification and biofuels conversion.