Fermentation and Biotechnology Expert with Biofuels and Biochemicals Experience

Technical Consultant #1770


Expertise

  • Fermentation and biotechnology.
  • Fermentation of biofuels and biochemical.
  • Scale up and technology transfer of enzyme production.
  • Biotransformation.
  • Production and expression of recombinant proteins through fermentation.
  • Conversion of biomass to ethanol.

Experience

Independent Consultant, Present

DuPont Corporation, Research, 1994 - Present

Projects

  • Production and expression of recombinant proteins through fermentation.
  • Scale up and technology transfer of enzyme production.
  • Extractive fermentation of toluene.
  • Biotransformation.
  • Fermentation of biofuels and biochemicals.

DIADIC / CPN International LTD, Jupiter, FL, 1992 - 1994

  • Technology transfer and scale up of processes for production of industrial enzymes.
  • Toll production of industrial enzymes.
  • Coordinate research and development studies among various research and development groups in U.S. and abroad.

BioEnergy International, L.C., Gainesville, FL, 1991 - 1992

  • As Director of Research, set up and organized research and development laboratory in new venture.

Research Projects

  • Developed a process for conversion of biomass to ethanol with recombinant bacteria that included pretreatment of biomass, optimization and scale-up of fermentation and cellulase production.

Cetus / Chiron Corporation, Emeryville, CA, 1980 - 1991

  • Director of Fermentation Research and Development Department, 1983 - 1985
  • Project Manager, 1985 - 1991
  • Directed bacterial cellulose project in collaboration with Weyerhaeuser Corporation.

Research Projects

  • Developed a fermentation process to convert cornstarch to ethanol with recombinant yeast. Scaled up and optimized expression of proteins in recombinant organisms.
  • Developed a process for production of bacterial cellulose.

University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, Bacteriology Dept., Postdoctoral, 1978 - 1980

Research Projects

  • Laboratory of Applied Microbiology, Research Assistant and Ph.D. student, 1974 - 1978
  • Identify and characterize new thermophilic bacteria.
  • Study cellulose degradation and fuel production by anaerobic bacteria.

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, 1974 - 1979

Research Projects

  • Laboratory of Applied Microbiology, 1971 - 1972
  • Studied metabolism of C1-utilizing bacteria.
  • Purified and characterized key catabolic enzymes.
  • Studied actinomycin production by Streptomyces.

Educator

  • Applied Microbiology for B.Sc. students.
  • Industrial Microbiology for M.Sc. students.
  • Microbiology for Pharmacy students.

Makor Chemicals, Jerusalem, Chief microbiologist, 1971 - 1976

  • Fermenting and purifying biochemicals and enzymes.
  • Supervised staff technicians and laboratory facilities.

Honors & Publications

Credentials

  • Focused studies; Applied Microbiology, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, School of Applied Science.
  • Focused studies; Biochemistry and Microbiology
  • Thesis: "Actinomycin production in Complex Media"
  • Dissertation: "Metabolism of C1-Compounds in Bacteria"

Academic and Professional Affiliations

  • The American Society for Microbiology
  • The American Society for Industrial Microbiology
  • The American Chemical Society

Publications and Patents

  • Author and Co-Author of college text books, peer reviewed articles, journals and abstracts.
  • 7 U.S. patents.

Education

  • Ph.D. Applied Microbiology, The Hebrew University, Jerusalem, School of Applied Science, Israel
  • M.Sc. Applied Microbiology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
  • B.Sc. Biology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
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