JBEI Alumni

JBEI is committed to mentoring the next generation of scientists and throughout the years it has mentored numerous researchers.

While at JBEI they were integral to JBEI’s research and were given the opportunity to receive on-going education and learn about the industry’s challenges and opportunities.

The result has been the creation of a strong, diverse STEM workforce working in the fields of academia, government and industry located all over the world.

The map and list below shows where the JBEI alumni are located and currently working.

37% In Academia
38% In Industry
9% At National Labs
66% Working in the US
20 Countries where JBEI alumni work

Fabrizio Adani

Former: Deconstruction Current: University of Milan

Simon Alamos

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Fekadu Andeberhan

Research Assistant

David Ando

Post Doctoral Researcher

Elena Aravina

Software Developer

Jasmine Ario

Receptionist

Daniel Arlow

Former: Biofuels and Bioproducts
Current: Ansa Biotechnologies

Manfred Auer

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Leila Ayad

Research Assistant

Aude Aznar

Post Doctoral Researcher

Nora Bäcker

Former: Deconstruction Current: Testo Industrial Services GmbH

Constance Bailey

Post Doctoral Researcher

Jesus Barajas

Post Doctoral Researcher

Carolina Barcelos

Former: Deconstruction Current: ABPDU

Chris Beitel

Software Developer

Veronica Benites

Former: Technology Current: Checkerspot

Harvey Blanch

Chief Science and Technology Officer

Beatrice Bonora

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Florent Bouxin

Post Doctoral Researcher

Adam Bratis

National Renewable Energy Laboratory/The Center for Bioenergy Innovation

Margaret Brown

Former: Fuels Synthesis
Current: Microbyre

Elizabeth Brunk

Post Doctoral Researcher

Saori Campen

Post Doctoral Researcher

Miguel Campodonico

Former: Biofuels and Bioproducts Current: Chr. Hansen

Iris Casanova

Former: Operations Current:

Michela Catena

Research Assistant

Lucas Cespedes

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Camille Chalvin

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Candace Chan

Former: Feedstocks Current: Stanford Medical

Rossana Chan

Former: Fuels Synthesis
Current: UCSF Medical Center

Sonia Chapiro

Guest Student Assistant

Marimikel Charrier

Research Assistant

Kuldeep Chawla

Desktop Support

Amy Chen

Research Assistant

Yan Chen

Project Scientist

Gang Cheng

Guest Faculty

Jennifer Chiniquy

Former: Technology
Current: AgileBioFoundry

Victor Chubukov

Post Doctoral Researcher

Jacob Coble

Software Developer

Sophie Comyn

Former: Deconstruction Current: Zymergen

Thales Costa

Visiting PhD Student

Zak Costello

Former: Biofuels and Bioproducts Current: Startup in Flagship Ventures

Linda Craft

Former: Feedstocks Current: UC Berkeley

Samantha Crowe

Graduate Student Research Associate

Lauchlin Cruickshanks

Educational Program Administrator

Xinguang Cui

Former: Life-cycle, Economics and Agronomy Current: Huangzhong University of Science and Technology

Leopold d'Espaux

Former: Fuels Synthesis
Current: Demetrix

Jeff Dahlberg

Director of Agronomic Systems Optimization

Siwen Deng

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Evelyn Denzel

Former: Deconstruction Current: Rentschler Biotechnologie GmbH

Jie Dong

Former: Deconstruction
Current: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Todd Duncombe

Former: Technology
Current: ETH Zurich

Toyin Dunn

Former: Operations Current:

Tanmoy Dutta

Former: Deconstruction Current: Koch Ag & Energy Solutions

Jason Eads

Software Developer

Birgitta Ebert

Post Doctoral Researcher

Nathaniel Echols

Software Developer

Christopher Eiben

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Ewa Elkins

Sr. HR Division Partner

Thomas Ellinghaus

Research Assistant

Onur Erbilgin

Post Doctoral Researcher

Jean-Loup Falon

Former: Deconstruction Current: Institute of Systems & Synthetic Biology

Dalia Farra

Student Assistant

Mike Fero

Scientific Lead, Synthetic Biology Informatics

Mark Forrer

Former: Technology
Current: AgileBioFoundry

Tatsuya Fujii

Former: Fuels Synthesis

Raphael Gabriel

Former: Deconstruction Current: Zymergen

Brett Garabedian

Former: Fuels Current: University of Basel

Joanna Gawron

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Lida Gifford

Berkeley Lab

Marcella Gomez

Former: Fuels Synthesis
Current: UC Santa Cruz

Gyeongtaek Gong

Former: Biofuels and Bioproducts Current: Korea Institute of Science and Technology

Richard Gross

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Joseph Hadel

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Liran Haller

Research Associate

Mitchell Harkenrider

Graduate Student

Simon Harth

Graduate Student Research Assistant

John Hatherill

Scientist

Robert Haushalter

Project Scientist

Lian He

Post Doctoral Researcher

Adam Healey

Former: Deconstruction Current: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Eric Hegg

Michigan State University/Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center

Joshua Heinemann

Post Doctoral Researcher

Maria Hernandez

Former: Feedstocks Current: UC Davis

Carlos Hernandez-Garcia

Post Doctoral Researcher

Cynthia Hopson

Former: Deconstruction Current: University of Madrid

Soe Htwe

Former: Feedstocks Current: Resilience Industries

Philip Hugenholtz

Former: Deconstruction Current: University of Queensland, Australia

Paul Hussey

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Heather Jensen

Post Doctoral Researcher

Liangrong Jiang

Visiting Scholar

Renee Jocic

Research Assistant

Kyle Jones

Former: Feedstocks Current:

Leonard Katz

Group Senior Scientist

Olga Kavvada

Former: Life-cycle, Economics and Agronomy

Ken Keegstra

Michigan State University

Durla Kelleher

Sr. Human Resources Division Partner

KwangHo Kim

Former: Deconstruction
Current: Korea Institute of Science and Technology

Ganesh Kishore

Spruce Capital

Daniel Klein-Marcuschamer

Director of Technoeconomic Analysis

Amanda Kohler

Former: Deconstruction
Current: Plexxikon

Sebastian Kolinko

Former: Deconstruction Current: ‎University of Basel

Daisuke Koma

Former: Fuels Synthesis
Current: Osaka Municipal Technical Research Institute

Murthy Konda

Former: Technoeconomic Analysis Current: ZymoChem

Rachel Krupa

Former: Fuels Synthesis
Current: Epic Sciences

Sarah LaFrance

Software Developer

Michael Lakeman

Boeing

Tom Lankiewicz

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Gyrithe Lanz

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Tomas Laursen

Former: Feedstocks Current: University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Tiffany Lay

Undergraduate Student

Melissa Lee

HR Assistant

Baohua Li

Guotian Li

Former: Feedstocks
Current: UC Davis

Hsi-Hsin Lin

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Chunli Liu

Former: Fuels Synthesis
Current: Beijing University of Chemical Technology

Dajiang Liu

Post Doctoral Researcher

Alberto Lopes

Former: Biofuels and Bioproducts Current: University of Sao Paulo

Traci Lopez

Software Developer

Dominique Loque

Former: Feedstocks
Current: Bayer Crop Science

Xiaozhou Luo

Post Doctoral Researcher

Xiaozhi Ma

Former: Feedstocks Current:

Amir Mahboubi

Former: Feedstocks Current: Umea University

Michael Maimann

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Bianca Manalansan

Former: Feedstock Current: USF

Nasim Mansoori

Former: Feedstocks Current: Zymergen

Judi Marquez

Office Management Assistant

Fabrice Masson

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Peter Matlock

Strategic Advisor for Aviation Fuels and Special Projects

Jamie Meadows

Post Doctoral Researcher

Ericka Mendez

Former: Lab Operations
Current: BV Labs

Reda Messaho

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Matthew Mills

Former: Deconstruction Current:

Margaux Molinas

Former: Deconstruction Current: École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Paris

Maria Mueller

Post Doctoral Researcher

Malgorzata Murawska

Research Assistant

Faranak Nami

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Saeed Nassef

Student Assistant

Binod Neupane

Former: Deconstruction Current: University of California/Berkeley

Vy Ngo

Student Assistant

Melissa Nhan

Research Associate

Isabella Nielsen

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Jens Nielsen

Chalmers University of Technology

Oge Nnadi

Software Developer III

Luasa Nora Czamanski

Kristy Nordahl

Administrator

Farnaz Nowroozi

Post Doctoral Researcher

Alexandra Ochsner

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Taeyun Oh

Post Doctoral Researcher

Ai Oikawa

Afingen

Paul Opgenorth

Former: Feedstocks Current: Invizyne

Bernhard Palsson

University of California, San Diego

Bernhard Palsson

Scientific Lead, Genome Scale Models

Joshua Park

Former: Deconstruction Current: COI Pharmaceuticals

Heather Parker

Former: Deconstruction Current: Newton Europe

Roger Pennell

Ceres

Jose Perez-Pimienta

Former: Deconstruction Current: Universidad Autónoma de Nayarit

Krystal Peterkin

IP Administrator

Nikki Pham

Junior Specialist

Ryan Phelan

Scientist

Thea Pick

Former: Feedstocks Current: Heinrich Heine Universität Düsseldorf

Manjiri Prakash Tapaswi

Software Developer

Nilu Prasad

Former: Fuels Synthesis
Current: Google (through eTouch Systems)

Rory Pruitt

Former: Feedstocks Current:

Dan Putnam

Deputy Director of Agronomic Systems Optimization

Anjali Raj

Receptionist (Temporary)

Manasi Raje

Former: Technology Current: TBD

John Ralph

University of Wisconsin, Madison

Chris Rao

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign/Center for Advanced Bioenergy & Bioproducts Innovation

Morgan Reilly

Former: Deconstruction Current: ‎UCSF Medical Center

Yi Ren

Former: Feedstocks Current: Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences

Sarah Richardson

Former: Fuels Synthesis
Current: Ignition Genomics

Leonardo Rios

Former: Fuels Synthesis Current: TBD

Robert Rodriguez

Sr. Recruiter

Lucien Roux

Former: Feedstocks Current: École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne

Avneesh Saini

Post Doctoral Researcher

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Yasuharu Satoh

Former: Fuels Synthesis
Current: Hokkaido University, Japan

Estelle Schaefer

Former: Feedstocks Current: Joint Genome Institute, Walnut Creek, CA

Katherine Schall

Current: ABPDU

Elizabeth Schneider

Strain Archivist

Timo Schuerg

Former: Deconstruction Current: Perfect Day Foods

Ben Schwessinger

Post Doctoral Researcher

Julien Sechet

Former: Feedstocks Current: Institut Jean Pierre Bourgin

Graciela Sevilla

Director of Communications and Education

Syed Shah

Visiting Scholar

Brent Shanks

Scientific Lead, Chemical Catalysis

Bill Shelander

Entrepreneur and Business Development

Daniel Siegel

Futuragene

Anagh Sinha

Student Assistant

Jeffrey Skerker

Former: Deconstruction
Current: UC Berkeley

Margaret Slupska

POET

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Whitney Stannard

Research Assistant

Jian Sun

Former: Deconstruction
Current: Beijing Institute of Technology

Yinjie Tang

Scientist

Virginia Tartaglio

Former: Feedstocks Current: UC Berkeley

Sarah Teter

Novozymes

Lionadi The

Former: Feedstocks Current:

Tian Tian

Former: Biofuels & Bioproducts
Current: Inscripta

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Victor Tieu

Kirk Torr

Former: Deconstruction Current: Scion

Sophie Tran

Former: Feedstocks Current: Seqmatic

Jessica Trinh

Research Assistant

Yi-Lin (Alex) Tsai

Former: Feedstocks Current: TBA

Rochelle Urban

Former: Operations Current: USC Viterbi School of Engineering

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Linda Van Loon

Budget Analyst

Hugo Vargas

Research Assistant

Yves Verhertbruggen

Former: Feedstocks Current: French National Institute for Agricultural Research

Jonathan Vu Vu

Former: Technology Current: Energy Biosciences Institute, Berkeley, CA

Mengmeng Wang

Former: Feedstocks Current:

Tina Wang

Director of Laboratory Operations

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Noreen Wauford

Maren Wehrs

Former: Biofuels and Bioproducts Current: Zymergen

Tong (Tony) Wei

Former: Feedstocks Current: Academia

Carly Weiss

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Ditte Welner

Post Doctoral Researcher

Linan Xie

Former: Feedstocks Current:

Feng Xu

Post Doctoral Researcher

Qiufang Xu

Visiting Scholar

Junko Yaegashi

Former: Deconstruction Current:

Reo Yamanaka

Former: Feedstocks

Jingwei Yan

Former: Feedstocks Current:

Yurong Yang

Graduate Student Research Assistant

Sasha Yogiswara

Former: Feedstocks Current: Delft University of Technology

Erika Yoshida

Former: Fuels Synthesis
Current: Ajinomoto, Japan

Mohammad Yousufzai

Human Resources Recruiter

Clarabelle Yue

Research Assistant

Satoshi Yuzawa

Former: Biofuels and Bioproducts
Current: The University of Tokyo

Amin Zargar

Post Doctoral Researcher

Hongmei Zeng

Visiting Scholar

Jijiao Zeng

Former: Deconstruction Current: Fornia Biosolutions., LLC

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Joyce Zhang

Yu (Christie) Zhang

Undergraduate Student

Zhongchen Zhang

Visiting Scholar

Nanxia Zhao

Former: Feedstocks Current: UC Berkeley

Yufan Zhou

Graduate Student

Yerong Zhu

Visiting Scientist