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New BRIN research director starts at DWU

Dr. Greg Hartgraves joined Dakota Wesleyan University’s science faculty recently as the new Biomedical Research Infrastructure Network research director.

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Hartgraves began at DWU this summer. His office and the BRIN research lab are located within the new Glenda K. Corrigan Health Sciences Center on campus. Dakota Wesleyan students and faculty participate yearly in South Dakota-BRIN studies.

“I have always had a passion to teach science,” Hartgraves said.

“The opportunity at DWU to work under the BRIN research grant and combine my experience in industrial/pharmaceutical research with teaching undergraduate students is perfect. I am excited about the possibility to provide those interested in research with the knowledge necessary to perform quality research.”

Hartgraves’ previous work experience was at Poet LLC in Sioux Falls as the senior director of research, starting in 2009.

At the ethanol company, he led a team of research scientists that included microbiologists, chemists and engineers; he also developed technology for the industrial production of cellulosic ethanol at an annual production of 20 million gallons.

He introduced technology for recovering corn oil at 25 corn ethanol facilities across the Midwest and co-chaired the POETDSM joint development committee.

He received his bachelor of arts degree in organic chemistry from Central College, Pella, Iowa, and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Iowa, Iowa City.