Brian Vogler

Brian W Vogler

Applied Chemistry Ph.D. Program
Department of Chemistry and Geochemistry
Colorado School of Mines
Golden, CO 80401


I am using genetic and chemical techniques to optimize lipid production in microalgae. In addition to fuel oils, we are investigating the production of other valuable hydrocarbons as supplemental sources for nutraceuticals, animal feed, and plastics. It is a fascinating field of research that combines chemistry, biology and engineering to address carbon fixation and the ever-growing need for hydrocarbons.


  • B.S., Biomedical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis (2009)
  • M.S., Biomedical Engineering, Duke University (2011)
  • Ph.D., Applied Chemistry, Colorado School of Mines (in progress)

About Me

I grew up in Michigan and attended Washington University in St. Louis, where I earned a BS in biomedical engineering. I went on to Duke and received a MS in 2011, then moved to Colorado where I worked in an oncology lab. I am now at the Colorado School of Mines, working toward a PhD in applied chemistry studying algal biodiesel.

Bechtel Educational Excellence Initiative

Through the Bechtel Educational Excellence Initiative (sponsors), I am working with kindergarten, first, and second grade students at Clayton Elementary. My fiance is in physician assistant school in Syracuse, but will soon be back in Colorado. I enjoy skiing, live music, and visiting new places.