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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.

                Jack French

                Vice President


Jack has coordinated large-scale advertising and marketing programs.

                 Timothy L. Shaw

                 Chief Operating Officer/Business Development


Tim is an Executive Vice President with Muni-Fed Energy, based in Washington, DC. Primary responsibilities with this California-based Energy Services Provider include driving business growth and developing new technologies. Tim is also a principal with two small businesses – a design firm focused on commercial and residential LED lighting and automation upgrades, and a Washington, DC-based consulting practice that integrates supply chain and sustainability improvements for government and private sector clients. Previously, Tim spent 25 years with UPS, most recently as UPS Government & Defense Sector Vice President. He and his teams drove the company’s business development efforts with the federal and state governments, defense contractors, and NGOs; they also developed and executed large-scale process improvements that have saved clients tens of millions of dollars. Tim earned an MBA from Loyola University in Maryland, and a BA from the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).

                James “Neil” Barry, Jr.

                Emissions Compliance


Neil has engineering training and certifications provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the Maryland Department of Labor (MOSH), and the University of Maryland engineering school. During his 35-year tenure he was a field inspector in both the construction and general industries, a forensic accident investigator investigating work related injuries and fatalities, Supervisor of Baltimore Metro region supervising 15 compliance and industrial hygiene investigators, assistant supervisor of IT, and liaison to the Department of Labor.

                 Patrick DeConcini

                 Independent Contractor


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.

                  Connie Lausten, P.E.

                  Independent Contractor


Connie Lausten is principal of cLausten LLC, a consulting firm representing advanced renewable energy technology to federal and state governments on legislative and regulatory matters. She is an advisory board member of the Maryland Clean Energy Commission (MCEC) and in this capacity provides technical and policy guidance through MCEC to the Maryland government agencies. Her unique understanding of energy issues from electricity to biofuels has served her well in developing new technologies as well as shaping polices at the Federal and State level. Connie has been dedicated to renewable and sustainable energy for over 20 years and started her career as an engineer at a small consulting firm and later with Bechtel Power in the Advance Power Technology group, most recently shifting to the policy arena. Connie is a professional engineer in the State of Maryland and holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of Minnesota, and has earned an American Society of Mechanical Engineer’s (ASME) Congressional Fellowship.

                 Paul Rosenberger

                 Independent Contractor


Paul has over 25 years of experience in marketing, communications and organizational management. He was chief operating officer of a financial services trade association, serving the needs of 145 affiliates and approximately 1.5 million consumers in the areas of training, business development, governance and advocacy. Paul brings extensive knowledge in organizational structure, branding, and public relations.

                  Andrew Straka

                  Specialty Fabrication


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

                  Wayne Swann

                  Retired Director/Technology Transfer/Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab


Wayne brings expertise in licensing and intellectual property protection. UMCES/IMET Staff Dr. Feng Chen Dr. Russell Hill Microbiology

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