As the ALD for Biosciences, Mary Maxon oversees Berkeley Laboratory’s Biological Systems & Engineering, Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology, and Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging Divisions and the DOE Joint Genome Institute. Maxon has been integral to the strategic planning efforts and development of the Biosciences Area for four years, most recently as the Biosciences Principal Deputy. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry from the State University of New York, Albany, and her graduate degree in molecular cell biology from the University of California, Berkeley. Maxon has worked in the private sector, both in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, as well as the public sector, highlighted by her tenure 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. With her diverse and extensive background in industry, scientific foundations, and both state and federal government, Maxon is recognized as a national leader in science and technology policy.
Nikki Humphreys has worked in the University of California (UC) System for over twenty years gathering a wealth of experience and honing her analytical, communication, planning, and project management skills. She has held management positions at UC Berkeley, UC Davis, and UC Agriculture & Natural Resources (UC ANR). Most recently, she has been serving as the Director of Administration of the Department of Bioengineering at the University of California, Berkeley. Humphreys has demonstrated strengths in financial management, strategic planning, and personnel administration, making her well suited for this integral position. She has a strong track record in management, having twice received the Berkeley Staff Assembly Excellence in Management Award.
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 macromolecular crystallography, leading an active experimental research program and developing novel computational methods for macromolecular structure determination by crystallography and cryo-electron microscopy.
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.
Susannah Tringe is a senior scientist and also Deputy of User Programs at the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI). Tringe has been at Berkeley Lab for 17 years and has led the Microbial Systems Group since 2010 and Metagenome Program from 2011 to 2015 before assuming the Deputy of User Programs role. Major foci of her current research efforts are the roles of microbial communities in wetland carbon cycling and the interactions of plants with their associated microbiomes. Tringe earned her bachelor’s degree in physics from Harvard University (summa cum laude) and her doctorate in biophysics from Stanford University. She is the 2021 recipient of the Ernest Orlando Lawrence Award, one of DOE’s highest honors. Tringe was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 2018 was recognized as a top young researcher by Popular Science magazine in their “Brilliant 10” list.
Nigel Mouncey joined us on March 15, 2017 as the Director of the DOE Joint Genome Institute. Hailing from England, Mouncey earned his Bachelor of Science degree in microbiology with honors from the University of Glasgow and received his Doctor of Philosophy in biochemistry at the University of Sussex. He completed post-doctoral research at Harvard Medical School and the University of Texas Medical School in Houston. Mouncey spent 10 years at Roche Vitamins in New Jersey and DSM Nutritional Products in Switzerland before joining Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has a demonstrated strong track record in microbiology and management, in both the academic and industry sectors.