Jeffrey Czajka, an alumnus of the Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering, was recently named a recipient of the 2022 Linus Pauling Distinguished Fellowship.
Awarded by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), the Pauling Fellowship supports recent and upcoming doctoral graduates who are performing research in the areas of energy, environment and national security.
“I was particularly attracted to this fellowship opportunity because it provides flexibility to work with these diverse research teams at PNNL on a variety of exciting projects,” Czajka said. “I’m very interested in the opportunity to work with the experts in the PNNL Fungal Biotechnological Group.”
Czajka, who earned a doctoral degree in environmental engineering in 2021, previously worked in the lab of Yinjie Tang, professor of energy, environmental & chemical engineering, whose research focuses on bioremediation of toxic compounds such as heavy metals and aromatic compounds, and the analysis of cellular metabolic network using mass spectrometry-based tools. In 2020, Czajka received a research award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Science Graduate Student Research Program that allowed him to conduct part of his doctoral research at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
“There have been numerous scientists, teachers and mentors throughout my entire career who have invested time and energy in helping me achieve my goals and reach this point,” Czajka said. “I am extremely grateful to them and honored to be receiving this award as an accumulation of all of their help and tutelage."