One of the foremost authorities on synthetic biology, Jay D. Keasling is Senior Faculty Scientist and Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and the Hubbard Howe, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Engineering in the Departments of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the Director of the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center and Chief Executive Officer of the Joint BioEnergy Institute.
Mary Maxon is the Biosciences Area Principal Deputy at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where she is responsible for developing strategies for the use of biosciences to address national-scale challenges in energy and environment. She has extensive experience in both the public and private sectors, having served as the Assistant Director for Biological Research at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President, where she developed the National Bioeconomy Blueprint, Director of the Marine Microbiology Program at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, and in executive and management roles at Cytokinetics and Microbia, Inc. Maxon received her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley and performed postdoctoral research in biochemistry and genetics at the University of California, San Francisco.
Helen Cademartori has handled multi-million dollar projects and transitions in varied environments, both private and public sector, and possesses in-depth expertise managing complex financial, human resource, workforce planning, facilities, and administrative issues. As the Biosciences Area Operations Deputy, she is responsible for managing all aspects of operations and finance. Cademartori has over 20 years experience, including 8 years with Berkeley Lab. Prior to her tenure at the Lab, she was the Director of Finance and Operations for the Tang Center at University of California, Berkeley, and Controller for Premier Staffing. Cademartori earned her executive MBA in 2014 at Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, where she was a Dean’s Fellow.
At the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Adam Arkin holds several positions, including Senior Scientist, Technical Co-Manager of the ENIGMA Scientific Focus Area, and Chief Executive Officer of the Department of Energy Systems Biology Knowledgebase. He is the Dean A. Richard Newton Memorial Professor in UC Berkeley’s Department of Bioengineering, Director of the Synthetic Biology Institute, and an investigator of the Energy Biosciences Institute. An expert in the comparative systems and synthetic biology of microbes, Arkin is dedicated to a model-driven approach to experimental science.
Paul Adams is a Senior Scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he also serves as Division Deputy for Biosciences at the Advanced Light Source, a National User Facility. Adams is Vice President for Technology and Director of Structural Biology at the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville, and an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Bioengineering for the University of California Berkeley. Building on his foundational training in biological sciences and biochemistry at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, Adams is an international expert on X-ray crystallography, leading an active experimental research program and developing novel computational methods for macromolecular structure determination.
As a Staff Scientist, Trent Northen seeks to deepen understanding of how microbial communities are structured by the biopolymers and metabolites in their environment and the dynamic and reciprocal processes by which they transform their surroundings. Northen obtained his BS in Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Santa Barbara and was an NSF IGERT fellow at the Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University, where he received his PhD in Chemistry and Biochemistry. He was then a postdoctoral fellow at the Scripps Research Institute under Gary Siuzdak before joining Berkeley Lab. Northen serves in many leadership positions, including Director of Biotechnology for the DOE ENIGMA Scientific Focus Area, Director of Array-Based Assays at the Joint BioEnergy Institute, and the Metabolomics Program Lead at the DOE Joint Genome Institute.
In addition to directing the Biological Systems & Engineering Division, Blake Simmons serves as the Chief Scientific and Technology Officer and Vice President of the Deconstruction Division at the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville. After earning his BS in chemical engineering from the University of Washington, Simmons continued his studies at Tulane University and received his doctorate in the same field. For the past 15 years, Simmons has been part of the Senior Management team at Sandia National Laboratories, most recently serving as the Senior Manager of Advanced Biomanufacturing, Biomass Program Manager, as well as Adjunct Professor at the University of Queensland. His expertise includes biofuels, renewable chemicals, biomanufacturing, abiotic-biotic interfaces, biomass pretreatment, enzyme engineering, biofuel cells, templated nanomaterials, microfluidics, desalination, and biomineralization.
Axel Visel joined the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) in 2010 and currently serves as the Interim Director. As the Deputy for Science Programs, he focuses on the development and implementation of strategic initiatives, as well as overseeing the scientific directions and administration of the JGI User Programs. Visel received his Ph.D. in 2004 from the Max Planck Institute in Hanover, Germany, and performed postdoctoral training at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab). In addition to his appointment at the JGI, Visel also holds appointments as a Staff Scientist at Berkeley Lab and as an Associate Adjunct Professor at the School of Natural Sciences at the University of California, Merced.