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Scientific program - Speakers
Sang Yup Lee
Dr. Sang Yup Lee is Distinguished Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He is currently the Director of Center for Systems and Synthetic Biotechnology, Director of BioProcess Engineering Research Center, and Director of Bioinformatics Research Center. He has published more than 500 journal papers, 64 books/book chapters, and more than 580 patents. He received numerous awards, including the National Order of Merit, Ho-Am Prize, POSCO TJ Park Prize, Merck Metabolic Engineering Award, Amgen Biochemical Engineering Award, and Elmer Gaden Award. He is currently Fellow of Korean Academy of Science and Technology, National Academy of Engineering Korea, and AAAS, AAM, AIChE, AIMBE, SIMB and TWAS. He is also Foreign Associate of National Academy of Engineering USA, and Editor-in-Chief of Biotechnology Journal, and Associate Editor and board member of numerous journals. He has served as the Chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies and also Biotechnology of the World Economic Forum, and founded the World Council on Industrial Biotechnology. His research interests are metabolic engineering, systems biology and biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology, and nanobiotechnology. 
Victor de Lorenzo
Professor Víctor de Lorenzo is Head of Laboratory of Environmental Molecular Microbiology at the National Center for Biotechnology. He specializes in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology of soil bacteria (particularly Pseudomonas putida) both as agents for the decontamination of sites damaged by industrial waste and as chassis for industrial biocatalysis. In 2001 this work received the National Award King James I for Environmental Protection. In June 2008 he received the GSK International Award of the American Society for Microbiology, and in October of the same year he was granted a Grand Prix of the French Academy of Sciences. He is a member of the EMBO (European Molecular Biology Organization), the American Academy of Microbiology and the European Academy of Microbiology and he has co-chaired the EC-US Working Group on Synthetic Biology. He has also co-chaired the EC President’s Science and Technology Council. He has published over 250 articles in scientific journals and specialized books, and he has served as advisor of numerous international panels. His current work maps at the interface of Synthetic Biology with Environmental Biotechnology.
Alexander Steinbüchel
Professor Alexander Steinbüchel is Director of the Institute of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology (IMMB) of the University of Münster, Germany. He graduated in Biology (Diploma, 1980) and Microbiology (PhD, 1983) at the University of Göttingen, Germany. He is mainly interested in i) Metabolism, biosynthesis and biotechnological production of microbial polymers (polyhydroxyalkanoates, polythioesters, cyanophycin) and microbial lipids (triacylglycerols, wax esters), ii) Biogenesis and structure of bacterial storage compounds, iii) Biotechnological production of methylcitric acid and vanillin, and iv) Microbial degradation of natural rubber, polyamides and polyesters. Professor Steinbüchel has published more than 350 publications plus 70 review articles, nearly 40 books and is Chief Editor of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology as well as of AMB Express and member of a few editorial boards of microbiological and environmental international journals. He is also editor of the book series Biopolymers (Wiley-VCH) and Microbiology Monographs (Springer).
Dieter Jendrossek
Professor Dieter Jendrossek holds a PhD in Microbiology (1988) and received the ”venia legendi" (the German lecturer degree for universities) for Microbiology in 1995 (both University Göttingen, Germany). Since 1999 he is Professor for Microbiology and Biochemistry at the University of Stuttgart (Germany). In 2005 he was invited as Visiting Professor at the German University of Cairo (GUC), Egypt. He organized the 12th edition of ISBP2010 in Suttgart and is since 2013 editorial board member of the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology. He published more than 100 papers with more than 3000 citations (h-index, 34).His actual working fields include i) Metabolism of polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA) in bacteria (since 1991), ii) Bacterial degradation of natural rubber (polyisoprene) (since 1995), and iii) Role of polyphosphate in bacteria and relationship to PHB metabolism (since 2012).
Yoshiharu Doi

Professor Yoshiharu Doi is President of Japan Synchrotron Radiation Research Institute (JASRI). He was Executive Director of RIKEN in charge of research since 2004. He is Emeritus Professor of Tokyo Institute of Technology. Dr. Doi has published 450 original research papers, 175 reviews, and 35 book chapters with over 18,000 citations resulting in an h-index of 70. He worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Texas A&M University on 1975-1977. Dr. Doi became Assistant Professor (1978-1983) at Tokyo Institute of Technology, where he studied the stereospecific polymerization of propene with vanadium-based catalysts. When Dr. Doi was promoted to Associate Professor in 1984, he started research on the biosynthesis of polyhydroxyalkanoates by bacteria from renewable resources, and discovered several new biodegradable polymers. Dr. Doi moved to RIKEN as Chief Scientist in 1992 and continued his studies of biosynthesis and characterization of microbial polyesters (1992-2004). He also oversaw a laboratory as Professor at Tokyo Institute of Technology. About 150 researchers and graduate students have studied various bio-based polymers in both laboratories. Dr. Doi has been working as institutional directors since 2004.
George Guo-Qiang Chen
Professor George Guo-Qiang Chen received his BSc and PhD from South China University of Technology in 1985 and Graz University of Technology (Austria) in 1989. He also conducted research in 1990-1994 as a postdoc at University of Nottingham in UK and University of Alberta in Canada, respectively. He has been focusing his research on microbial materials such as polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHA), metabolic engineering, and PHA biomaterials application since 1986. After joining Tsinghua University in 1994, he has been actively promoting the microbial Bio- and Material Industries in China. Prof. Chen has more than 30 years of R&D experiences on microbial physiology, microbial PHA production and applications, has published over 200 international peer reviewed papers with over 10,000 citations (h-index, 47). With over 30 issued patents and 40 pending patents, Prof Chen’s technologies have been provided to several companies that succeed in mass production of microbial PHA. He has received many awards for his contributions to the microbial manufacturing fields.
Kevin O'Connor
Professor Kevin O'Connor is an associate professor at the School of Biomolecular and Biomedical Science, Head of Microbiology and a Principal Investigator at the Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology at UCD (University College Dublin, Ireland). Prof. O’Connor has uniquely developed and patented technology for converting plastic waste into a biodegradable plastic. He has filed five patents relating to biopolymer production and product development. He has a strong background in technology development for PHA-production, molecular investigations of PHA-production as well as protein engineering (random and site directed) for biocatalyst development and fundamental understanding of enzyme activity. He has published over 75 international scientific papers. Prof. O’Connor is the Chair of the scientific committee for the Biobased Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) and a member of the EC expert group for biobased products. He is a member of the editorial board of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology.
Anthony J. Sinskey
Anthony J. Sinskey, Sc.D., is a Professor of Microbiology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He also holds positions as Co-Director of the Malaysia-MIT Biotechnology Partnership Program and as Faculty Director of the MIT Center for Biomedical Innovation. He conducts interdisciplinary research in metabolic engineering focusing on the fundamental physiology, biochemistry and molecular genetics of important organisms. Professor Sinskey is well known in the biopharmaceutical industry and has been a Scientific Co-founder of several biotechnology companies, including Genzyme Corporation, Metabolix, Merrimack Pharmaceuticals, and Tepha. Dr. Sinskey has given more than 350 presentations at U.S. and International scientific meetings and congresses. He has received 31 issued patents, has made more than 30 invention disclosures and has published more than 350 scientific papers in leading peer-reviewed journals for biology, metabolic engineering, and biopolymer engineering. His current research focuses on the genetics and biochemistry of carbon storage in biological systems including biopolymers and triacylglycerides. Investigations include studies with a variety of feedstocks to fuels, chemicals and biopolymers.

Peter Dürre
Professor Peter Dürre holds a diploma in Biology (1978). He obtained his PhD in 1981 and worked as a postdoc at the University of California Berkeley (1981-1983). Since 1995, Peter Dürre is Professor of Microbiology and Head of the Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology at the University of Ulm in Germany. From 2003 to 2009 he held the position of the Vice President for Research of the University. Peter Dürre has more than 30 years of experience in the field of clostridial physiology and genetics. Major research projects include cell differentiation (spore formation) in clostridia, regulation of acetone and butanol formation in Clostridium acetobutylicum and metabolic engineering of solvent-producing strains for industrial use. Another major research focus is the development of autotrophic clostridia as novel microbial production platforms using syngas (CO/H2 mixtures) and CO2/H2 mixtures, especially from waste gas streams or biomass conversion. Medically related projects are construction and application of clostridial recombinant endospores for cancer treatment and identification of acne-causing enzymes in Propionibacterium acnes for selective inhibition and disease therapy. Peter Dürre served as editor and senior editor as well as editorial board member of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, FEMS Microbiology Reviews, Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, Genome Letters, and Applied and Environmental Microbiology. He is also the author and co-author of more than 100 research articles and reviews as well as being editor of the books CRC Handbook on Clostridia, Clostridia-Biotechnology and Medical Applications, Nucleic Acids Isolation Methods, and Regulatory Networks in Prokaryotes.
Maria Reis
Maria A. Reis is full Professor in Environmental/Industrial Biotechnology at FCT-UNL, in Lisbon. The main research interests have been in the area of Environmental/Industrial BioEngineering, with special focus on the development of sustainable bioprocesses for the removal of pollutants from water and wastewater streams and for the exploitation of industrial wastes for the production of biopolymers and bulk chemicals. Since the last decade, one of the central research topics has been on the production of polyhydroxyalkanotes (PHA) by mixed cultures. She published more than 200 papers in scientific journals with peer review and is co-author of 4 national and 5 international patents. She coordinated 20 national and international projects (team leader), out of which 6 European Projects and 6 were co-funded by industrial companies, and participated as team member in 22 research projects. Dr. Reis co-supervised 20 PhD students and is currently co-supervisor of 11PhD students and 8 Post Doc. Her scientific work has been distinguished with several awards and she was the winner of the Solvay & Hovione Ideas Challenge SHIC’08 Prize- Solvay prize in 2008. She was nominated and elected to the Portuguese Academy of Engineering in 2009 and elected as IWA Fellow, September 2010. She is Editor of the scientific journal Water Research (Elsevier). 
Manfred Zinn
Professor Manfred Zinn heads the research group Bioprocesses and Biomaterials at HES-SO Valais (Sion, Switzerland). He is mainly interested in bioprocesses with prokaryotes and eukaryotes. His core activity is the tailor-made biosynthesis of polyhydroxyalkanoates in bacteria for industrial and medical applications. With respect to bioprocesses he is designing and optimizing diverse cultivation methods (batch, fed-batch, chemostat, two-stage chemostat, biofilm chambers) and is familiar with up-scaling of fermentations from agar plate to pilot scale (200 L). State-of-the-art in process controlling (PAT) has been developed in his group to assess the performance of cells and bioprocesses. Prof Zinn has published more than 55 publications in peer reviewed journals, 9 book chapters and proceedings, and filed 3 patents.

Luiziana Ferreira da Silva
Professor Luiziana Ferreira da Silva, Ph.D. in Microbiology, coordinates one of the four units of the Laboratory of Bioproducts at the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of São Paulo (ICB USP), Brazil. After working for two decades on industrial Microbiology with the Biotechnology Group of The Institute of Technological Research (IPT, São Paulo, Brazil) she has moved to ICB USP where she is since 2004. The research interests of Prof Silva and her group are focused on understanding and improving the metabolic routes leading to bacterial bioproducts, and involve studies on bacterial metabolism, metabolic flux analysis, biosynthesis of biodegradable plastics, elastomers (mostly polyhydroxyalkanoates, PHA), and other bioproducts, including the use of agro-industrial wastes for the production of PHA and ethanol. Related activities of Prof Silva include participation as member of the Ibero-American Network of Biopolymers and other bioproducts (PRIBOP) sponsored by CYTED, hosting the Workshop on Sustainable production of Biopolymers and other Bioproducts in 2013 in Sao Paulo (Brazil) and chairing the ISBP2014 International Symposium on Biopolymers, the 14th edition of the symposium, for the first time in Latin America, with support of the Bioenergy Program at FAPESP.
Lars M. Blank
Lars M. Blank studied Chemical Engineering from 1990 to 1997 at the University of Dortmund (Germany) and Biology from 1992 to 1997 at the Ruhr-University of Bochum (Germany). During his master theses he worked in the field of Metabolic Engineering in the group of Prof. E.T. Papoutsakis at Northwestern University (IL, USA) and in yeast cell biology in the group of Prof. W.-H. Kunau at the Ruhr-University of Bochum. In his Ph.D. in the group of Prof. L.K. Nielsen at the University of Queensland (Australia, 1998 to 2002), he developed a continuous process for hyaluronic acid production using lactic acid bacteria. During his Ph.D. he worked as a visiting scientist at the Technical University of Denmark (DtU, Lyngby, Denmark, September to December 1999), reprogramming Lactococcus lactis from a purely anaerobe to a partially respiratory organism. As a postdoctoral fellow of the Deutsche Akademie der Naturforscher Leopoldina (Halle, Germany) he established flux analysis as an additional tool for yeast Systems Biology in the group of Prof. U. Sauer at the ETH Zurich (Switzerland). From November 2004 until June 2011 Lars M. Blank lead the group Systems Biotechnology at the Laboratory of Chemical Biotechnology of Prof. Andreas Schmid at the TU Dortmund and was a senior research fellow at the Leibniz-Institut für Analytische Wissenschaften - ISAS - e.V. in Dortmund. In January 2010 he finalized his Habilitation. On the 1st of July 2011 he became professor and head of the Institute of Applied Microbiology at the RWTH Aachen (Germany). Lars M. Blank focuses in his research on fundamental and applied aspects of microbial metabolism. Of specific interest is the interaction between the metabolic network and the introduced genetic and environmental perturbations. The research on in silico/in vivo metabolic network operation is aimed at a deeper understanding of cell function, with the ultimate goal of rational cell engineering.
M. Auxiliadora Prieto
M. Auxiliadora Prieto is a staff Scientist of the National Spanish Research Council (CSIC) since 2005. After receiving her PhD in Pharmacy from the Complutense University of Madrid in 1995, she worked as EMBO fellow at the Federal Institute of Biotechnology, Germany, in the group of Prof. Kenneth Timmis and at the Institute of Biotechnology, ETH Zürich, Switzerland, in the group of Prof Bernard Witholt. She currently leads the Polymer Biotechnology group as part of the Environmental Biology Department of the Biological Research Centre of CSIC. The group aims to explore and exploit the bacterial abilities for producing and degrading plastics in order to contribute to planet sustainability, using tools of molecular biology and metabolic engineering, combined with new omic technologies and synthetic biology. She has huge experience in microbial metabolism for the molecular characterization of pathways related to biosynthesis and biodegradation of bioproducts. Current focuses of the group include: i) Implementation of sustainable processes involving the use of wastes and syngas to generate biomaterials; ii) Studying the metabolic and regulatory networks for bacterial polyhydroxyalkanoate accumulation based on Systems Biology approaches; iii) Design and bioproduction of second generation functionalized materials with tailored properties (e.g. biocide); and iv) Synthetic Biology based design and development of new downstream systems to process the bacterial biomass for the separation of intracellular bioproducts. Dr. Prieto has participated in, led and coordinated national (12) and international projects (5), devoting her effort to the production of bio-polymers in microorganisms, addressing this subject from different approaches to cover both basic and applied aspects. She has over 70 international scientific papers and she is main inventor of five international patents, three of them licensed to biotech SMEs. She is a member of the editorial board of Applied Environmental Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology. Auxi Prieto is the chair of the 15th edition of ISBP2016.
Stevens Brumbley
Dr. Brumbley received a BA in Biology from the University of Oregon in 1985 and a PhD in Plant Pathology at the University of Georgia in 1991. His PhD studies focused on molecular plant-microbe interactions. He joined the faculty at the University of North Texas in the Department of Biological Sciences as a tenured Associate Professor in January 2011. He has an adjunct appointment in the Department of Material Science and Engineering. He is part of a research cluster on bioproducts. From 1994 to 2006, Dr. Brumbley was employed by BSES Limited (the R&D arm of the Australian sugarcane industry) in Indooroopilly (Queensland, Australia) where he initiated the work on developing sugarcane as a biofactory for production of bioplastics and bioplastic precursors. In 2006 he joined the University of Queensland's Australian Institute for Bioengineering and Nanotechnology where he led a team that brought PHB levels in sugarcane to near commercial levels. He has coauthored over 185 scientific papers, book chapters, conference proceedings and abstracts. His primary research interests are in plant metabolic engineering for production of bio-based chemicals with a focus on bioplastics, bioplastic precursors and feedstock chemicals. The research teams he has led were the first to demonstrate that sugarcane can be engineered as a biofactory for production of high value chemicals. They demonstrated that they can manipulate both the shikimate and phenylpropanoid pathways with single genes for production of a precursor of liquid crystal polymers and for vanillin. They demonstrated that you could engineer a new metabolic pathway into sugarcane and produce bioplastics in the leaves and stalk. They have successfully shown that they can produce near commercial levels of polyhydroxyalkanoates homo- and copolymers in plastids and peroxisomes of sugarcane leaves, respectively. His current research is focused on production and extraction of biobased polymers and feedstock chemicals in high biomass crops.

Friedrich Srienc
Prof. Friedrich Srienc is a faculty member of the Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science and of the BioTechnology Institute at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis/St.Paul. He received a doctoral degree in biotechnology from the Technical University in Graz, Austria in 1980. After postdoctoral studies at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, CA (1981-1985), he joined the faculty in Minnesota in 1985. He has been a visiting Professor at the University of Milan, Italy, at the Nara Institute of Science and Technology (NAIST), Japan and of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria. In addition to his work on polyhydroxyalkanoates, his interests in Biochemical Engineering include cell population dynamics, flow cytometry, biopolymers, and metabolic engineering. His group has pioneered the application of single-cell measuring techniques for monitoring and controlling microbial and mammalian cell cultures, and more recently, the application of systems biological tools for the design of optimized metabolic reaction networks. He has published over 170 papers in peer-reviewed journals and holds 11 patents. He is US editor of Journal of Biotechnology and a fellow of AIMBE. Currently, he serves as Program Director of the Biotechnology and Biochemical Engineering Program at the US National Science Foundation.

Bernd H.A. Rehm
Bernd Rehm received his MSc and PhD degree (Microbiology) from the Ruhr-University of Bochum (Germany), in 1991 and 1993, respectively. He continued as a postdoc at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of British Columbia, Canada. From 1996 to 2003, Dr. Rehm was a research group leader at the Institute of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology at the University of Münster (Germany), where he also completed his Habilitation. In 2003 he was appointed as Associate Professor of Microbiology at Massey University in New Zealand. Since 2005, Dr. Rehm is Full Professor and Chair of Microbiology at the same University. He is the inventing founder of the biotechnology start-up company PolyBatics Ltd which R&D activities he leads as Chief Science Officer. In 2013 he was appointed as principal investigator of the Centre of Research Excellence (New Zealand), the MacDiarmid Institute of Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. He is Editor in Chief and Editor of Current Proteomics as well as is member of the editorial board of ten scientific journals and sole editor of five books. He has authored over 160 scientific publications attracting >6400 citations resulting in an h-index of 48. More than 30 patents were granted naming him as inventor. His R&D interests are in the microbial production of polymers and their applications. Recent studies were focusing on the use of engineered microorganisms to produce functionalized nano-/micro-structures for applications in diagnostics, enzyme immobilisation as well as antigen delivery.
Luc Avérous
Professor Luc Avérous is a Group (BioTeam) Leader, Head of Polymer Research Department at ICPEES (UMR CNRS 7515) University of Strasbourg (France), and former Lab Director. In 1995, he obtained his PhD in Polymer Science & Engineering (Ecole des Mines de Paris, France) and became Assistant Prof. in 1997 at ESIEC (Reims, France) after two post-doctoral positions (e.g., Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Canada). In 2003, he became a Full Professor at ECPM (Univ. of Strasbourg), where he teaches biopolymer science, biomaterials, composites, plastic processing & polymers characterization. During the last two decades, his major research projects have dealt with biobased and/or biodegradable polymers for environmental & biomedical applications. As a leading international expert in these fields, he has developed strong collaborations with several foreign labs (e.g., Australia, Brazil, Canada, Spain) and major companies (e.g., Total, PSA, Soprema, Tereos). He is regularly invited to co-organize conferences, to chair symposia, and to give plenary or keynote lectures overseas. In 2011, he was the main organizer of 2 major International conferences in Strasbourg: BIOPOL 2011 & WoodChem 2011. He has co-edited 3 books (Wiley, Elsevier & Springer) and is a member of several editorial boards, and guest editor for scientific journals. Prof. Avérous is a referee for many scientific journals, books and international projects and has published over hundred scientific communications (articles, chapters, patents & proceeding papers) with thousands citations (h-index, 31).
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