Ben was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He spent much of his time outdoors in the wilderness and has always had an interest in and curiosity for nature since a young age. He became more and more curious and the interest he had matured to where he set out to study biology at the University of New Mexico, where he completed his BS in Biology. Ben was awarded an IMSD fellowship allowing him to conduct research in the Taylor lab during his junior and senior years (2014-2015). He studied the associations between ectomycorrhizal fungi and the Coralroot orchid. After graduation, Ben was accepted into the PREP program at the University of California at Santa Cruz where he studied protein function. In the Fall of 2016 he began his PhD studies at the University of Wisconsin Madison in the Department of Molecular and Environmental Toxicology.
Ben was recently awarded both an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and a sciMED Graduate Research Scholarship from UW!
Presentations & Publications
• Hernandez-Maldonado, J., Sanchez-Sedillo, B., Stoneburner, B., Boren, A., Miller, L., McCann, S., Rosen, M., Oremland, R. S. and Saltikov, C. W. (2016), The genetic basis of anoxygenic photosynthetic arsenite oxidation. Environmental Microbiology. doi:10.1111/1462-2920.13509