Colton Harper is currently an undergraduate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is from Hutchinson, Kansas. Colton is pursuing a B.S. degree in Computer Science and Mathematics. He also seeks to attain a Ph.D. in a field where computer science, mathematics, and biology all connect, possibly bioinformatics or biomolecular communication. Colton is a member of the UNL 2016 iGEM research team, where he performs synthetic biology research on an interdisciplinary research team. In particular, the synthetic biology research that he is involved in aims to engineer E. coli to efficiently perform denitrification in waterways.