The Frontiers of Biotechnology Lecture Series
"Drugs from Bugs: Production of an Antimalarial Drug in Microbes"
Dr. Jay Keasling
December 2, 2005
Jay Keasling Biography:
Dr. Jay Keasling received his B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Nebraska in 1986; his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1991; and did his postdoctoral work in Biochemistry at Stanford University from 1991-1992. Dr. Keasling joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley as an assistant professor in 1992, where he is currently professor.
Dr. Keasling is also a professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Berkeley, a faculty scientist and Director of the Physical Biosciences Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Director of the Berkeley Center for Synthetic Biology. Dr. Keasling has received several awards, including the CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation and the AIChE Award for Chemical Engineering Excellence in Academic Teaching, and has given several award lectureships, including the Inaugural Schwartz Lectureship at Johns Hopkins University and the Allan P. Colburn Memorial Lectureship at University of Delaware. Dr. Keasling's laboratory has engineered microorganisms to produce polymers and the anti-malaria drug artemisinin, as well as to accumulate uranium and to degrade nerve agents. Dr. Keasling is also a founder of two companies, Amyris Biotechnologies and Codon Devices, that have grown out of discoveries from his laboratory.