Headshot portrait of Tim Schnabel - Bio-X Bowes Fellow
Bio-X Graduate Student Fellow

Awarded in 2015
Home Department: Bioengineering
Faculty Advisors: Elizabeth Sattely (Chemical Engineering), Drew Endy (Bioengineering), Sharon Long (Biology), and KC Huang (Bioengineering)

Research Title: Engineering ammonia production in free-living diazotrophs for plant fertilization

Research Description: Tim's undergraduate research focused on producing hydrogen as a renewable fuel directly from sunlight. He is looking forward to broadening problem solving and creative thinking skills so that he can tackle bigger challenges in the years ahead and will be doing quarterly rotations in different laboratories during his first year to define his research interests.


Tim is the founder and CEO of Switch Bioworks, an R&D-stage biotech startup based on research started at Stanford. Switch’s mission is to feed the world sustainably by engineering microbes to produce climate-smart nitrogen “biofertilizer,” directly at the roots of plants.