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Expert in Biotechnology, Microbiology, Renewable chemicals and Fuels, Fermentation, Enzymes, Technology Transfer, Scale-up at Pilot and Commercial Scales

Expert ID: 733221 Oklahoma, USA

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• Hands-on experience in growing yeast and bacteria for producing renewable fuel, chemicals, and therapeutic proteins
• Scale-up of laboratory data at pilot and commercial scales
• Experience in technology transfer for the production of renewable fuel, chemicals, and therapeutic proteins
• Experience in working with external partners to perform technology transfer and product evaluation
• Experience in working with cross-functional teams to develop products
• Hands-on experience in microbial formulation for use in humans

Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - Tulsa, Oklahoma - Norman, Oklahoma - Broken Arrow, Oklahoma - Edmond, Oklahoma - Fayetteville, Arkansas

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Education

Year Degree Subject Institution
Year: 2005 Degree: Ph.D Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
Year: 2000 Degree: Bsc Subject: Chemical Engineering Institution: University of Science and Technology, W/A

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 2014 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Director Department: Process Development Responsibilities: • Evaluate various microorganisms (aerobic/anaerobic) at small scale (5 ̶ 500 mL) for the production of proteins
• Fermenter set-up (1 L, 5 L, 14 L) (Sartorius, Eppendorf) for aerobic and anaerobic microorganisms
• Upstream process transfer and product development for protein production
• Design of experiments (DOE) to evaluate process parameters and their impact on product formation
• Scale-up of laboratory results to pilot and commercial scale
Years: 2012 to 2014 Employer: Mascoma Corporation Title: Manager Department: Fermentation Responsibilities: • Launched two products
• Lead a team of scientists that provide technical support for products
• Worked with external partners to commercialize products
• Worked with cross-functional teams to troubleshoot technical problems at toll manufacturing, pilot and commercial facilities
Years: 2008 to 2012 Employer: Mascoma Corporation Title: Scientist Department: Fermentation Responsibilities: • Demonstrated successful products at pilot-scale and commercial facilities
• Developed test protocols for evaluating engineered strains at laboratory scale
• Provided technical leadership in making commercial quantities of yeast at toll manufacturing facility
Years: 2007 to 2008 Employer: ICM Inc. Title: Scientist Department: R&D Responsibilities: • Optimized enzymatic hydrolysis of biomass by determining the best enzyme combinations using the statistical software JMP
• Determined the best combination of cellulases and hemicellulases, which resulted in 30% higher hydrolysis yields
• Worked on process development, material and energy balances for ethanol production from cellulose
• Participated in fermentation scale-up and commercial plants
Years: 2005 to 2007 Employer: Novozymes NA Title: Scientist Department: R&D Responsibilities: • Developed protocols for fermentation using the yeast
• Reduced the fermentation time of the yeast through adaptation
• Performed studies on antimicrobials in yeast fermentation

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 2000 to 2001 Country / Region: Summary: Assisted instructors to teach biochemical engineering
Years: 1999 to 1999 Country / Region: Summary: Analyzed cement wastes
Years: 1999 to 1999 Country / Region: Summary: Evaluated the cause of fire in a pin-mill

Career Accomplishments

Professional Appointments
Expert is a Reviewer for many Journals
Awards / Recognition
Expert has won numerous awards.
Publications and Patents Summary
Expert has authored or co-authored numerous publications.

Fields of Expertise

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