Lauren uses plants to solve our most pressing sustainability issues. From microbes in compost to hydroponics, agricultural field health to production of novel biofuels, Lauren is dedicated to the discovery of biology-based solutions. 


Increasing Plant Growth with Soil Microbe Cultivation

As a postdoctoral scholar, Lauren researched plant-growth promoting microbes using microfluidic devices called ecological fabrications (EcoFABs, pictured below).

Improving Algae Growth Methods for Bioenergy

For her dissertation, Lauren used techno-economic analysis, a science-based prediction technique, to evaluate emerging methods in algae cultivation. 

Using the Whole Algae Cell

Lauren's masters work focused on examining the cell wall of algae. She developed a method of carbohydrate analysis and applied it to algae cultivated under varying growth conditions. 

Enzyme Exploration

Compost is an important source of microbes and enzymes that can break down agricultural and municipal waste. Lauren's compost discoveries has potential to improve biofuel production from waste.

C. Heredia


Ph.D., 2018

Biological Systems Engineering

UC Davis

Dissertation Topic: Microbial Communities for Algal Biomass Production and Protection

M.S., 2016

Biological Systems Engineering

UC Davis

Thesis Topic: Characterization of Algal Cell Walls for Biofuels Development

B.S., 2011

Biological Systems Engineering

UC Davis

Senior Capstone Topic: Increasing the Susceptibility of Romaine Lettuce to Agrobacterium tumefaciens for Protein Production

Junior Honors Thesis Topic: Localization of Zebrafish Nanos1 Protein in Ovaries

Soil Solarization

Farmers can use the heating power of the sun and of microbes to reduce their use of harmful fumigants and herbicides. Worker safety, environmental preservation, and a sound food supply all come together in this area of Lauren's research

L. Jabusch

L. Jabusch, Ecological Fabrication (EcoFAB) with Brachypodium distachyon