Meet the speakers – University of Copenhagen

Professor Jay Keasling

U.C. Berkeley

Keasling is Professor of Chemical Engineering and Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is also Acting Deputy Laboratory Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Chief Executive Officer of the Joint BioEnergy Institute. He is considered one of the foremost authorities in synthetic biology, especially in the field of metabolic engineering. Other, related research interests include Systems Biology and Environmental Biotechnology. See more here and here

Prof. Keasling will give a presentation on day 1 entitled "Engineering Microbes for Chemicals and Fuels".

Professor Phil Baran

Scripps Research Institute

Phil Baran is an organic chemist recreating pharmacologically interesting compounds isolated from natural sources de novo in the laboratory through an experimental methodology known as “total synthesis.” In nature, complex molecules are synthesized in catalytic pathways that have evolved incrementally over millions of years, but many cannot be harvested in sufficient quantities to provide viable pharmaceutical solutions. Baran has invented new approaches to synthesizing natural products en masse, offering solutions for the cost and supply problems in drug development and creating alternative methods for obtaining industrial quantities of biologically active compounds with minimal environmental impact. - See more at: and 

Prof. Baran will give a presentation on day 1 entitled "Studies in Natural Product Synthesis".

Dr. Lynn Rothschild

NASA's Ames Research Center

Dr. Rothschild is an evolutionary biologist, astrobiologist and synthetic biologist and a consulting Professor at Stanford University, where she teaches Astrobiology and Space Exploration. Her research focus is in two main areas: astrobiology and synthetic biology. Rothschild has studied carbon metabolism and DNA damage and repair in the laboratory setting and on algae. She has been instrumental in bringing synthetic biology to NASA and has served as the NASA representative to the OSTP Working Group on Synthetic Biology etc. See more here:

Dr. Rothschild will give a presentation on day 1 entitled "Reaching for the stars".

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