Jill Fuss, research scientist in the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB) Division, and Steve Yannone, former MBIB scientist, are creating the future of clean energy, advanced manufacturing, and electronics. Both are currently participating in Cyclotron Road, which is using the “Backstories” series to shine a light on the journeys researchers have taken to develop their technologies through videos and storytelling.
Jill Fuss and Steve Yannone, both research scientists in Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging (MBIB), are among the 13 scientists and engineers who comprise the fourth cohort of Cyclotron Road fellows. The pair co-founded CinderBio, a spin-out company that uses extremophile microbes to produce industrial enzymes that can withstand very high temperatures and acidic environments.
Marking its 10th anniversary this year, the Women Scientists & Engineers Council (WSEC) is about to embark on a new set of initiatives to make the Lab an even better place to work, from partnering with HR on the development of new training opportunities, to exploring ways to improve communication around maternity leave for new hires.
Several Biosciences staff members are active in WSEC namely MBIB’s Jill Fuss, Work-Life Balance subcommittee, JGI’s Esther Singer, Empowerment subcommittee co-chair Esther Singer and Biosciences’ Astrid Terry, Networking subcommittee co-chair.
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Several Biosciences Area personnel have been named as recipients of 2016 Berkeley Lab Director’s Awards. Yan Liang (Biological Systems & Engineering), Eva Nogales, and William Jagust (Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging, MBIB) were honored with individual awards in Early Career, Scientific Achievement, and Societal Impact, respectively. Jill Fuss and Steven Yannone (MBIB) were the recipients of a team award in Technology Transfer for the launch of their company CinderBio. Jim Bristow (Biosciences Area Office, Trent Northen (Environmental Genomics & Systems Biology & Joint Genome Institute, JGI), and Susannah Tringe (JGI), along with Eoin Brodie and Peter Nico of the Earth and Environmental Sciences Area, were named in a team award in Service.
Startup CinderBio, founded by Molecular Biophysics & Integrated Bioimaging researchers Jill Fuss and Steven Yannone, was recently featured in Newsweek. Giving some background about the use of enzymes throughout history, the article describes how the company offers biodegradable enzymes that operate at higher temperatures and more acidic conditions than currently available enzymes. When used in biofuel production and industrial cleaning, the heat- and acid-tolerant properties of these enzymes allow for more efficient and affordable processes.