Jay D. Keasling
Jay Keasling is the Hubbard Howe Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Engineering at the
University of California, Berkeley in the Departments of Bioengineering and Chemical and
Biomolecular Engineering, senior faculty scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory,
and Chief Executive Officer of the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). Dr. Keasling’s research
focuses on the metabolic engineering of microorganisms for degradation of environmental
contaminants or for environmentally friendly synthesis of drugs, chemicals, and fuels. Keasling
received a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Nebraska and M.S. and Ph.D.
in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan, and did post-doctoral research in
biochemistry at Stanford University. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering
and the National Academy of Inventors.