Jay D. Keasling
Joint BioEnergy Institute, University of California, Berkeley and Novo Nordisk Foundation Centre for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark
Biology is one of the most exciting areas of science and engineering because of its potential to solve a variety of global challenges. The Keasling Lab at the University of California, Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory is an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers who focus on engineering the chemistry inside microbial cells to produce life-saving therapies, clean-burning fuels, and new materials for a variety of applications. We develop metabolic pathways to produce these valuable molecules, engineer genetic systems to control those pathways, develop technologies to make engineering biology easier, and explore fundamental questions in biochemistry and microbial biology.