Life 2.0: Engineering Biology for Sustainable Development
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 7:00 PM Anderson Student Center Woulfe Hall
Advanced Fuels from Advanced Plants
Friday, May 3, 2013 12:15 PM John R. Roach Center Room 126
About Jay Keasling:
Jay D. Keasling is the Hubbard Howe Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also the Founding Head of the Synthetic Biology Department in the Physical Biosciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute. He is considered one of the foremost authorities in synthetic biology, especially in the field of metabolic engineering. His research focuses on engineering microorganisms for environmentally friendly synthesis of small molecules or degradation of environmental contaminants. For example, Keasling’s laboratory has engineered bacteria and yeast to produce polymers, a precursor to the antimalarial drug artemisinin, advanced biofuels, and soil microorganisms to accumulate uranium and degrade nerve agents. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2006 Scientist of the Year Award from Discover Magazine, and a $42.5 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop and distribute the low-cost malaria treatment created in his lab. Dr. Keasling is a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. He received his Bachelor's Degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and his Ph.D from the University of Michigan.