Scientific Committee/Speaker

Amanda Barry, Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

Dr. Amanda Barry is a Scientist in Bioscience Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). Within the Bioenergy and Biome Sciences Group, Dr. Barry’s primary research focus is in algal biochemistry and the genetic manipulation of algae for economical biofuel production. Her current research program is funded through a LANL Laboratory Directed Research and Development Early Career Research award. Dr. Barry returned to LANL in 2017 from an Intergovernmental Personnel Act assignment, serving as Scientist/Technology Development Manager in support of the Advanced Algal Systems program in the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) within the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy at the Department of Energy (DOE). At DOE, she helped to inform governmental research strategies and co-authored the National Algal Biofuels Technology Review. Currently, Dr. Barry serves as Technical Lead for the validation of BETO-funded project technical performance. Dr. Barry is involved in science education outreach, serving as a Scientist Ambassador at the Los Alamos Bradbury Museum.

Dr. Barry received B.Sc. degrees in Biochemistry & Biophysics and in Bioresource Research from Oregon State University and a M.Sc. in Bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her Ph.D. is from the Oregon Health and Science University in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, where she examined metal binding in the human copper chaperone for superoxide dismutase. Her postdoctoral work included studying human copper transporters as a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award fellow at the Johns Hopkins University, as well as algal genetic manipulation and protein expression at LANL.