Danny Workman graduated with a B.S. in physics in 2015 and started a new job recently at Benebios in Mishawaka.
Briefly, the company produces starter cultures that are used for probiotics and dairy cultures (e.g., yogurt) by growing the desired bacteria and then using centrifuges for separation and freeze-drying techniques to manipulate the triple point of water to produce highly concentrated dry cultures that can be revived as needed.
As an undergraduate, Danny worked in our mineral-physics lab where he explored the phase diagram of water, but at the elevated pressures and temperatures found deep inside large icy moons. So, although quite different in Pressure-Temperature (P-T) space, his experience with physics, and the thermodynamics of phase diagrams, helped him to get this great new job. He’s excited about learning complementary chemistry and biology in his new position.