Invited Speakers

Conference Chairs

Jose Olivares

Los Alamos National Laboratory, USA

Dr. Olivares is the current Chair of the International Conference for Algal Biomass, Biofuels and Bioproducts (AlgalBBB), which he has helped organize since its inception in 2010.

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Olaf Kruse

Bielefeld University, Germany

Olaf Kruse started his scientific carrier as a postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College London with research topics on Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In 1997 he returned to Bielefeld University/Germany, where he took over a group leader position in the field of Molecular Biology on microalgae.

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Keynote Speakers

Venkatesh Prasad

Head-Synthetic Biology Function, Reliance Industries Ltd., India

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Ron Chance

Algenol Biotech, USA

Dr. Ronald Chance began his career with Allied Corporation in 1974, where he served in a number of research positions including Research Manager for Electronic Materials. In 1986, he joined Exxon Corporate Research as the Director of their Polymer and Fluids Laboratory, later serving as Division Manager for the Paramins Technology division of Exxon Chemical, and as Distinguished Scientific Advisor in ExxonMobil’s Corporate Strategic Research Laboratories.

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Invited Speakers

Rob Brown

Synthetic Genomics, USA

Dr. Rob Brown leads Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI)  world-class phototrophic research and production group. Rob. has over 20 years of experience in molecular biology and gene expression in the biotechnology sector.

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Inna Khozin-Goldberg

Ben-Gurion University, Israel

Dr.  Inna Khozin-Goldberg is Associated Professor at the French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology for Drylands, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel.

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Michael Huesemann

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, USA

Dr. Michael Huesemann (Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Rice University; MBA, Arizona State University) is a staff research engineer at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (Marine Sciences Laboratory) and has conducted both experimental and theoretical research in environmental and marine biotechnology for more than 25 years.

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EonSeon Jin

Hanyang University, Korea

Dr. EonSeon Jin is Professor in Department of Life Science at Hanyang University, Korea. She received Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul and did post-doctoral work in Plant Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley.

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Lieve Laurens

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), USA

Dr. Lieve Laurens is a senior scientist and Algae Platform team lead at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory's Bioenergy Center.

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Peter Lindblad

Uppsala University, Sweden

Originally educated as a teacher, Peter Lindblad took his PhD in Physiological botany at Uppsala University (1987) and then carried out postdoctoral studies in Western Australia and in New York.

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Graham Peers

Colorado State University, USA

Graham Peers is an Associate Professor in the Department of Biology at Colorado State University. His research group is interested in the physiology of algae and cyanobacteria with a particular focus on photosynthetic processes including photoprotection in fluctuating light environments.

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Matthew Posewitz

Colorado School of Mines, USA

Professor Matthew Posewitz received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from Dartmouth College.

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Jason Quinn

Colorado State University, USA

Jason Quinn is an associate professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department Colorado State University.

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Yumiko Sakuragi

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Yumiko Sakuragi is a group leader and associate professor with strong expertise in glycan (e.g. polysaccharides and glycoproteins) production and functions in diverse photosynthetic organisms.

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Phillip E. Savage

Penn State College of Engineering, USA

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Setsuko Wakao

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, USA

Setsuko Wakao started with her education in Biochemical Engineering in Tokyo Institute of Technology.

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Joseph Weissman

Exxon Mobil, USA

Dr. Weissman has over forty years of experience in engineered micro-algal systems for waste treatment, alternative fuels and chemicals, and aquaculture, including analysis, design, and operation of such systems.

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