Alexander (Sasha) Naydich
Bioengineering Ph.D. Student
Sasha joined the Silver lab in 2015 as a Bioengineering Ph.D. student in the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Sasha focuses on engineering gut microbes to diagnose and treat infection and disease.
Prior to his graduate studies, Sasha spent two years as an Associate at Flagship VentureLabs, where he developed the original idea for and was a founding team member of Symbiota, a company focused on improving crop performance through plant-microbe symbiosis. Before Flagship, Sasha was an engineering consultant at DuPont Engineering Research and Technology, where he supported process and product development and productivity improvements across various lines of business.
Sasha holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University, where he developed electrospun polymer nanofibers as a platform for filtration and reaction catalysis in the lab of Dr. Yong L. Joo and discovered a novel, high-efficiency filtration technology. While at Cornell, Sasha was awarded the Merck Engineering and Technology Fellowship for academic excellence in engineering and a Semiconductor Research Corporation Undergraduate Research Grant. His previous internships have included exploring new methods for characterization of mesoporous materials and active ingredient processing at Merck and evaluation of new fuel stabilizers and oxygenates at the National Institute of Standards and Technology.
B.S., Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering 2011 Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
- Cho, D., Naydich, A., Frey, M.W., Joo, Y.L., 2013. Further improvement of air filtration efficiency of cellulose filters coated with nanofibers via inclusion of electrostatically active nanoparticles. Polymer 54, 2364–2372. doi:10.1016/j.polymer.2013.02.034
- Bruno, T.J., Wolk, A., Naydich, A., 2010. Composition-Explicit Distillation Curves for Mixtures of Gasoline and Diesel Fuel with γ-Valerolactone. Energy Fuels 24, 2758–2767. doi:10.1021/ef100133a
- Bruno, T.J., Wolk, A., Naydich, A., 2009a. Stabilization of Biodiesel Fuel at Elevated Temperature with Hydrogen Donors: Evaluation with the Advanced Distillation Curve Method. Energy Fuels 23, 1015–1023. doi:10.1021/ef800740d
- Bruno, T.J., Wolk, A., Naydich, A., 2009b. Composition-Explicit Distillation Curves for Mixtures of Gasoline with Four-Carbon Alcohols (Butanols). Energy Fuels 23, 2295–2306. doi:10.1021/ef801117c
- Bruno, T.J., Wolk, A., Naydich, A., 2009c. Analysis of Fuel Ethanol Plant Liquor with the Composition Explicit Distillation Curve Method. Energy Fuels 23, 3277–3284. doi:10.1021/ef900077t
- Bruno, T.J., Wolk, A., Naydich, A., Huber, M.L., 2009d. Composition-explicit Distillation Curves for Mixtures of Diesel Fuel with Dimethyl Carbonate and Diethyl Carbonate. Energy Fuels 23, 3989–3997. doi:10.1021/ef900215v
- NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
- Merck Engineering & Technology Fellowship (2009 & 2010)
- Semiconductor Research Corporation Undergraduate Research Grant (2009)
- National Merit Scholarship
- New York Lottery Leaders of Tomorrow Scholarship