Graduate Researchers & Staff

Jacob Boswell

Associate Professor, Knowlton School of Architecture, Landscape Architecture Section

Jacob Boswell’s professional webpage

Jacob Boswell holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in anthropology from the University of Pittsburgh and both a Master in City and Regional Planning and a Master in Landscape Architecture from The Ohio State University. Before entering his current role as an associate professor of landscape architecture at The Ohio State University, Jacob gained professional skills by working as an Associate at Amidon Design Communication and as a Planner/Designer at Lincoln Street Studio Architects and Planners. Additionally, he is a 2018 recipient of the renowned Mellon Fellowship in Urban Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.


Justin Diles

Associate Professor, Knowlton School of Architecture, Architecture Section

Justin Dile’s professional webpage

Justine Diles is an associate professor in the Architecture Section of Ohio State’s prestigious Knowlton School of Architecture. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in architecture from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania. His professional background includes working in a studio at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna and as a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert at designing architectural assemblies through strategically drawing on digital design, fabrication techniques and advanced composite materials.


Sam Storts

Research Assistant, Dept. of Food Science and Technology

Sam Stort’s professional webpage

Sam Storts holds a B.S. degree in food, agricultural, biological and ecological engineering from The Ohio State University. After graduation, he immediately began work in Dr. Yael Vodovotz’s food science and technology lab as a research engineer focusing primarily on the development of the biobased/biodegradable films project where he incorporated PHBV, PLA, and natural rubber into a blend that featured a balance of qualities desired in the food packaging industry. Once this project was off the ground, Sam transitioned into his current project of developing a biobased/biodegradable adhesive made primarily through the use of altered natural rubber.


Xiaoying Zhao, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral researcher, Dept. of Food Science and Technology

Xiaoying Zhao is a postdoctoral researcher in The Ohio State University’s Department of Food Science and Technology. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in food science and engineering from Jilin University in China, as well as a Ph.D. in food science from Ohio State. She plays an integral part in the success of the Alternative Matters collaborative due to her duties of administering the CAPS team award, interfacing with team faculty and their research projects, and facilitating team research.