Scientific Advisory Board

Frances H. Arnold, Ph.D. Bio

Frances is professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering and biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology. She has received numerous awards including the Charles Stark Draper Prize (2011); the National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2011); Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2011); Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2010) and Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology (2009). She holds a bachelors of science in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. Frances has also been elected to all three National Academies: Engineering (NAE), Sciences (NAS) and the Institute of Medicine.

Harvey Blanch, Ph.D. Bio

Harvey is a Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Following a postdoctoral fellowship at the ETH in Zurich, Switzerland, he was employed at E.R. Squibb in New Jersey prior to joining the Chemical Engineering department at the University of Delaware in 1974. He moved to the Chemical Engineering department at the University of California at Berkeley in 1978. He served as Chair of Chemical Engineering from 1997-2001.

Professor Blanch’s awards include the American Chemical Society Marvin J. Johnson Award, the Food, Pharmaceutical and Bioengineering Award of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the Amgen Award, and the Enzyme Engineering Award. He is a Fellow of AAAS, the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineers and a Member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering. He received his B.Sc. degree in Chemical Engineering in 1968 from the University of Sydney, and Ph.D. in 1971 from the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

George Church, Ph.D. Bio

George is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Computational Genetics. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1984, and has degrees from Duke University in Chemistry and Zoology.

Bernhard Hauer, Ph.D. Bio

Bernhard is a professor and the director of the Institute for Technical Biochemistry at the University of Stuttgart. For more than 25 years, he served as a research scientist and executive at BASF, including as Vice President of Research from 1999 to 2009.

Bernhard won the BASF Innovation Award in 1997. He received his Ph.D. in Microbiology in 1982 from the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago.

Lee Hood, Ph.D. Bio

Lee is President of The Institute of Systems Biology, which he co-founded in 2000.  From 1992 to 2000, he was founder and Chairman of the cross-disciplinary Department of Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Washington.
Lee has been elected to the Inventors Hall of Fame for the automated DNA sequencer, and has received the 2006 Heinz Award, the 2004 Biotechnology Heritage Award, the 2003 Association for Molecular Pathology Award, and the 2003 Lemelson–MIT Prize for Innovation and Invention. He was also awarded the 2002 Kyoto Prize in Advanced Technology, and the 1987 Lasker Prize.

Lee has published more than 600 peer-reviewed papers, received 14 patents, and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Association of Arts and Sciences, the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Engineering.

Lee has helped in the founding of multiple biotechnology companies, including Amgen, Applied Biosystems, Systemix, Darwin and Rosetta.  He earned an M.D. from Johns Hopkins University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the California Institute of Technology.

Sang Yup Lee, Ph.D. Bio

Sang Yup Lee is Distinguished Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at KAIST, Korea. He is currently Dean of the College of Life Science and Bioengineering, Director of the BioProcess Engineering Research Center, Director of Bioinformatics Research Center and Director of the Center for Systems and Synthetic Biotechnology.

He has published more than 260 journal papers and holds 302 registered/applied patents. He is a Fellow of the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, and a junior member of National Academy of Engineering of Korea, Fellow of AAAS, and Fellow of American Academy of Microbiology.

Jens Nielsen, Ph.D. Bio

Since 2008, Jens has been a professor at Chalmers University of Technology in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering. He has also been an adjunct professor in the Department of Biotechnology at NTNU in Norway since 2005.  Previously, he held various roles at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU).

Jens has received the 2004 Merck Award for Metabolic Engineering and a Fullbright Fellowship in 1995. He is co-author of seven books, including three textbooks, and a contributor to another twenty books. He is co-author of over 240 peer-reviewed scientific papers and his research has resulted in fifteen patents and patent applications.

Jens is founder of Fluxome Sciences A/S, where he served as CEO from 2002 to 2004 and CSO from 2002 to 2008.  He is also founder and chairman of the board of MycoTeQ A/S.

Jens has a Master of Science in Chemical Engineering and in 1989 earned a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from the Technical University of Denmark, and a dr. techn. (doctor technices) in 1995.

Bernhard Palsson, Ph.D.  |  Chairman Bio

Bernhard is the Galetti Professor of Bioengineering and Adjunct Professor Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, where he has been since 1995.  Prior to joining the faculty at UCSD, Professor Palsson held a faculty position at the University of Michigan from 1984 to 1995.

He co-founded a biotechnology company, Aastrom Biosciences (NASDAQ: ASTM) in 1988, where he served as the Vice President of Developmental Research for two years. He is also co-founder of Oncosis (later renamed Cyntellect) and Genomatica. He  earned a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin in 1984.

Engineering Advisory Board

Rakesh Agrawal, Sc.D. Bio

Rakesh is the Winthrop E. Stone Distinguished Professor, School of Chemical Engineering, Purdue University. Previously, he was an Air Products Fellow at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., where he worked until 2004.

He is a member of the NRC Board on Energy and Environmental Systems (BEES). He was a member of the AIChE’s Board of Directors and also its Energy Commission. He has authored 77 technical papers and holds 115 U.S. and more than 500 foreign patents.

He has received awards including the J & E Hall Gold Medal from the Institute of Refrigeration (UK), Presidential Citation for Outstanding Achievement from the University of Delaware, and multiple AIChE awards. He is a member of the US National Academy of Engineering.

He received a B. Tech. from the Indian Institute of Technology, in Kanpur, India, an M.Ch.E. from the University of Delaware, and an Sc.D. in chemical engineering from MIT

Frank Bates, Sc.D. Bio

Frank is a Regents Professor and Head of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science at the University of Minnesota. He received a B.S. in Mathematics from SUNY Albany in 1976, and M.S. and Sc.D. degrees in Chemical Engineering from MIT in 1979 and 1982. Between 1982 and 1989 Bates was a member of the technical staff at AT&T Bell Laboratories, then joined the University of Minnesota as an Associate Professor.

He was promoted to Professor in 1991, named a Distinguished McKnight University Professor in 1996, appointed Department Head in 1999, and became a Regents Professor in 2007.

In 1988 Bates was named a Distinguished Member of the Technical Staff at Bell Labs, in 1989 he received the Dillon Medal and in 1997 the Polymer Physics Prize, both from the American Physical Society where he is a Fellow. He won the 2004 David Turnbull Lectureship Award from the Materials Research Society, shared the ACS Cooperative Research Award in 2008, and was awarded the 2008 Sustained Research Prize by the Neutron Scattering Society of America. In 2002 Bates was elected to the US National Academy of Engineering and in 2005 he was elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

J.J. (Sef) Heijnen, Ph.D. Bio

Sef is Full Professor and Group Leader Cell Systems Engineering (CSE), Department of Biotechnology, Faculty of Applied Sciences, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands. Previously he was the head of fermentation process development at Gist-brocades (since acquired by DSM), where he worked until 1988.

He is a member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Science and Arts. He has authored 400 technical papers; holds 25 patents; and has supervised 50 PhD students. He is a recipient of the Unilever Award and the AKZO-Nobel Science Award. He is also a consultant to the industry.

Sef received an M.Sc. Chemical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands, and a Ph.D. in Bioprocess Technology, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands.

Robert Pangborn, Ph.D.  |  Chairman Bio

Robert was Vice President of Central Research at Dow Chemical before founding Pangborn Associates, LLC in 1998. He spent over two decades at Dow, including serving on the Members’ Committee of Cargill Dow Polymers, currently known as NatureWorks. As Pangborn Associates, Robert has consulted with Diversa (now Verenium), Metabolix, Materia, Novomer and CSP Technologies.

Robert holds a PhD. in physics from Dartmouth, attended Harvard Business School Program for Management Development, and was an officer in the U. S. Marine Corps.

Robert Page Shirtum Bio

Robert is president of RPS Engineering, a consulting firm located in Sonora, Texas. He retired in 2003 as a Research Fellow in the Dow Chemical Polyethylene and thermoplastics research department, following 33 years in applied industrial research.

At Dow, he worked in Organic Process Research, Epoxy Resins R&D, Plastics R&D, and Water Treatment Research, and was the founder of Dow’s Global Reaction Engineering Laboratory.

In 2000, he was awarded the H. H. Dow Medal.  Page obtained BS and ME degrees in Chemical Engineering from Texas A & M University.