Jay Keasling

Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
Professor, Department of Bioengineering
The Hubbard Howe Jr. Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Engineering
Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences and Faculty Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
CEO, Joint BioEnergy Institute

Email: keasling@berkeley.edu
Office: 5885 Hollis St., 4th Floor Emeryville, CA 94608
UC mailcode: MC 3224
Phone: (510) 495-2620
Fax: (510) 495-2630

Research Group

Research Interests

Metabolic engineering of microorganisms

The mission of the research in the Keasling Laboratory is to develop foundational tools for engineering metabolism inside cells and to use those tools to solve important societal problems. We have created a variety of tools for regulating metabolic pathways inside cells, novel metabolic pathways to produce unnatural molecules, and robust microbial hosts for producing chemicals under a variety of industrial conditions. We have used these tools to produce the antimalarial drug artemisinin, a variety of commodity and specialty chemicals, and biofuels.

Biography

Joined the UC Berkeley Faculty in 1992

Education
1986 B.S., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Chemistry and Biology
1988 M.S., University of Michigan, Chemical Engineering
1991 Ph.D., University of Michigan, Chemical Engineering
1991-1992 Postdoctorate, Stanford University, Biochemistry
Major Awards
2016 American Academy of Arts and Sciences
2015 Eric and Shiela Samson Prime Minister’s Prize in Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation. Tel Aviv, Israel
2015 Honorary Doctorate, Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden
2014 Innovator Award – Biosciences, Economist Magazine
2014 Eni Renewable Energy Prize, Eni S.p.A.
2013 George Washington Carver Award for Innovation in Industrial Biotechnology, Biotechnology Industry Organization
2012 Heinz Award for Technology, the Economy and Employment, Heinz Family Foundation
2010 National Academy of Engineering
2009 Inaugural Biotech Humanitarian Award, Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)
2006 Scientist of the Year, Discover Magazine
2005 Technology Pioneer, World Economic Forum
Professional Experience
2010-Present Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
2007-Present Chief Executive Officer, Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI), Emeryville, CA
2006-Present Senior Faculty Scientist, , Physical Biosciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
2006-Present Director, Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (Synberc), University of California, Berkeley, CA
2004-Present Professor, Department of Bioengineering, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
2001-Present Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
2013-Present Investigator, Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Biosustainability, Technical University of Denmark
2012-Present Sydney Brenner Visiting Professor, National University of Singapore, Singapore
2010-2012 Nanyang Professor, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
2009-2010 Acting Deputy Laboratory Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
2005-2009 Division Director, Physical Biosciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
1992-2006 Faculty Scientist, Physical Biosciences Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
1998-2001 Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
1992-1998 Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
1991-1992 Post doctoral fellow, Department of Biochemistry, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
1986-1991 PhD student, Department of Chemical Engineering, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI