Global Conference 2016

Speaker's Biography

Jay Keasling

Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Hubbard Howe Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley


Jay Keasling is associate laboratory director for biosciences at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Hubbard Howe Jr. distinguished professor of biochemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also a professor in the Department of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley and CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute. Keasling's research focuses on engineering microorganisms for environmentally friendly synthesis of small molecules or degradation of environmental contaminants. His laboratory has engineered bacteria and yeast to produce polymers, a precursor to the anti-malarial drug artemisinin and advanced biofuels and soil microorganisms to accumulate uranium and degrade nerve agents. Keasling received his B.S. in chemistry and biology from the University of Nebraska and his Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan. He did postdoctoral work in biochemistry at Stanford University.

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