Renewable Energy from Synthetic Biology
25 Sep 2007 | Online Presentations | Contributor(s): Jay D. Keasling
Jay Keasling, Co-Leader of The Helios Project, is the Director of the Physical Biosciences Division at Berkeley Lab, and a groundbreaking researcher in the new scientific field of synthetic biology. He is a UC Berkeley professor of Chemical and Bioengineering, and founder of Amyris Biotechnologies, a company that was honored as a Technology Pioneer for 2006 by the World Economic Forum. Jay has succeeded in using synthetic biology to develop a yeast-based production scheme for precursors of the antimalarial drug artemisinin in work funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In Helios, Jay heads the biology program, incorporating a range of approaches to increasing the efficacy and economy of plants and cellulose-degrading microbes to make solar-based fuels.