Cornelia Huellstrunk, director of the Keller Center at Princeton University.

All manner of research — with all manner of potential real-world applications — will be on full display, in a virtual setting, at the annual Innovation Forum presented by Princeton University’s Keller Center on Tuesday, September 29, from 1 to 5 p.m. The free event is open to the public, but registration is required at

The event features presentations by students and faculty whose work has high potential to be commercialized along with demo stations and question-and-answer sessions. In addition to highlighting projects underway in engineering and natural sciences, the event is for the first time also open to researchers in the humanities.

After opening remarks by Andrea Goldsmith, dean of engineering and applied science; Naveen Verma, director of the Keller Center; and Cornelia Huellstrunk, executive director of the Keller Center, will be the following presentations.

• Chao Yan, a research associate in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, on direct recycling of lithium-ion batteries.

• Maryam Elfeki, postdoctoral fellow in chemistry, on high-throughput elicitor screening (HiTES), which is a new method for investigating the properties of biosynthetic gene clusters (BCGs). BCGs play an important role in bacteria’s generation of secondary metabolites, a major source of new drugs.

• Erik Gilson, principal research physicist at Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, on improved separation of nuclear waste using a low-turbulence centrifuge.

• Jordan Suchow, assistant professor at Stevens School of Business, on data-driven, photorealistic social face-trait encoding, prediction, and manipulation using deep neural networks

• Preeti Iyer, Class of 2020, and Kyle Barnes, a current senior, on, a web-based platform they co-founded to support redistricting efforts and combat gerrymandering.

• Laurence Ralph, professor of anthropology, on animation and graphics for justice, with the aim of using creative media to education new audiences about the juvenile justice system.

• Effie Rentzou, associate professor in the Department of French and Italian, on Poetrygo!, an app that would integrate poetry into every day life by pairing objects and locations with relevant poems.

• Brooke Holmes, professor in the humanities, and Dan-El Padilla Peralta, associate professor of classics, with “Rupturing Tradition,” an experimental form of graduate seminar.

• Alexander Ploss, associate professor of molecular biology, on novel therapeutics for the treatment of acute and chronic hepatitis virus infections.

• Dalton Conley, professor of sociology, on “costly virtual rating slider,” based on the notion that people are less like to leave lazy or false online reviews on sites like Yelp or for services like Uber if there is some cost associated with leaving the review.

• Cathy Tang, PhD candidate in chemical and biological engineering, on metabolite potentiation of nitrofuran activity in drug-tolerant bacteria.

• Caleb Bastian, visiting scientist in applied mathematics, on “bring back the wonder.”

• Sujit Datta, assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering on PoreBiome, a “porous petri dish” for microbial assays in complex environments.


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