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Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology

Drs. Chen, Hill, and Li and their staffs have collaborated with HY-TEK Bio for the past 4 years under a contract with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Sciences (UMCES) under a Maryland Industrial Partnerships (MIPS) program. They bring to

HY-TEK Bio their world renowned expertise in algae growth, strain isolation and life sciences experience along with the resources and facilities of the University.

                Dr. Feng Chen 

                Associate Professor /  IMET


Dr. Feng Chen is an Associate Professor at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology with expertise in marine microbial ecology, microbial oceanography and biogeography, microbial diversity, genomics, and functional genomics, phage-host interactions, and clean green biotechnology.

His research focuses on marine virus ecology; cyanobacteria and cyanophage; roseophages and gene transfer agent (GTA); biogeography, physiology, genomics and functional genomics of microorganisms living in the sea; algae-based clean and green biotechnology.

Dr. Chen earned his Ph.D. in Marine Microbial Ecology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1995.

Recent publications by Feng Chen

                Dr. Russell Hill

                Director and Professor / IMET


Dr. Russell Hill is the Director of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology with expertise in marine actinmycete ecology and molecular biology, microbiology of marine natural products, bacterial and cyanbacterial symbionts of marine sponges, marine bacteriophages, metal resistance in actinomycetes and application of bioremediation.

The major research of the IMET laboratory is the investigation of symbiotic bacteria associated with marine invertebrates, in particular, sponges. Many important compounds with pharmaceutical potential have been discovered in sponges and other invertebrates. In some cases, the compounds of interest are produced nt by the sponges themselves, but by the bacteria associated with the sponges. We are identifying many of the bacteria present in sponges even if we cannot grow them, by cloning the genes encoding the 165 ribosomal RNA from these sponges. We can then rationally select culture conditions to be able to grow a higher proportion of bacteria, and hopefully, find the ones that produce important compounds. We have isolated a Micromonospora sp. Strain from the Indonesian sponge Acanthostrongylophora that produces manzamine A, an antimalarial compound found in this sponge. We also succeeded in isolating symbiotic Vibrio sp. That produces kahalalide F, a promising anti-cancer compound first found in the Hawaiian mollusk Elysiarfuescens.

Dr. Hil earned his Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Cape Town South Africa in 1988. Recent publications by Russell Hill

                Dr. Yantao Li

                Assistant Professor / IMET


Dr. Yantao Li is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology with expertise in algal molecular biology and biochemistry; metabolic engineering for biofuels and bio-products, and algal biotechnology and environmental bioremediation. His research aims to study lipid synthesis, turnover and lipid body biogenesis in microalgae, and engineering of algae for biofuel production and bioremediation.

He earned a Ph.D. in Microbial Biotechnology from the University of Hong Kong in 2007.

Recent publications by Yantao Li

Robert M. Mroz


Bob has spent 40 years developing and successfully managing large technology projects. He is a gifted electrical and software engineer with a 30-year career at the Federal Communications Commission. He already was successful in private enterprise with the creation of to software companies, one with a customer base of over 59,000 users in 36 countries and mandated to be used at every sanctioned swim and track & field meet in the world when Bob sold that division of his company yin 2008. Bob created HY-TEK Bio to develop a practical and effective process to mitigate greenhouse gases to oxygen and related technologies.

Carolyn M Mroz

Chief Financial Officer

Patrick DeConcini

Corporate Relations

Pat has over two decades of diverse leadership in law, business, military aviation and intelligence, congressional affairs, stealth technology applications and weapon systems integration. He currently provides investment and strategic business consulting to small and medium size businesses. Pat has significant trial experience in Federal District Court and executive level expertise in emerging technologies and new company startups. He served as federal prosecutor, company president, chief operating officer, senior vice president and board member, export control officer, F-22 pilot with combat experience and as an Air National Guard commander, with extensive experience working with the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Justice and state and local law enforcement and emergency management agencies.

Gary Grudberg

Environmental Controls and Automation Design

Gary runs a successful environmental controls company. Creative Construction Services, Inc. and applies that expert knowledge to HY-TEK Bio’s innovative technology.

Andrew Straka

Specialty Fabrication

Andy is a certified electrician and certified welder and an expert in fabrication in all materials.

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