JBEI follows a high-performing private industry model for its management structure. Top-level leadership is provided by the CEO, CSTO, COO and divisional vice presidents. External oversight is provided by the Board of Directors with executive-level representatives from each of the partner institutions comprising board. Additional guidance is provided by the Advisory Committee and the Targets Council.


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Jay Keasling

Chief Executive Officer and Director of New Pathways and Metabolic Models
Jay Keasling is also the Philomathia Foundation Chair in Alternative Energy at UC Berkeley. A professor in the Departments of Bioengineering and of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Keasling holds a senior faculty scientist position at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory where he also serves as Chief Science and Technology Officer for the Biosciences Area. He is one of the world’s foremost authorities on synthetic biology.


Nick Everson

Chief Operating Officer
Nick Everson joined Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2007 as the Business Manager for the Joint Genome Institute in Walnut Creek where he managed financial and business operations. He then spent 2.5 years as the Deputy Director for Operations in the Materials Sciences Division, managing finance, business services, administration, human resources, health & safety, and facilities & space. He has served as JBEI COO since October 2014.

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Blake Simmons

Chief Science and Technology Officer and Vice President of Deconstruction
Blake Simmons is Division Director of the Biological Systems & Engineering Division for the Biosciences Area at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. A chemical engineer by training, his expertise includes biomass pretreatment, enzyme engineering, biofuel cells, nanomaterials, microfluidics, desalination and silica biomineralization.

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Corinne Scown

Vice President for Life-Cycle, Economics and Agronomy, Director  of Life-Cycle and Technoeconomic Analysis
Corinne Scown is a Staff Scientist in the Energy Technologies Area and leader of the Sustainable Energy Systems Group and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. At JBEI, she is Vice President of the Life-cycle, Economics, and Agronomy Division. Corinne’s research focuses on modeling the cost and environmental impacts of producing bioenergy and bioproducts.

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Henrik Vibe Scheller

Vice President for Feedstocks and Director of Cell Wall Biology
Henrik Vibe Scheller is a senior scientist with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, an Adjunct Professor with the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California Berkeley, and with the Department of Plant Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark. He is an authority on enzymes involved in cell wall biosynthesis.


Aindrila Mukhopadhyay

Vice President for Biofuels and Bioproducts, and Director of Host Engineering
Aindrila Mukhopadhyay is a Senior Scientist of the Biological Systems and Engineering Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. At JBEI, in addition to her role as Vice President of the Biofuels and Bioproducts Division, Mukhopadhyay leads the Host Engineering group to develop robust scalable microbial strains that show high tolerance and productivity during biofuels and chemicals production.


Paul Adams

Vice President for Technology and Director of Structural Biology
Paul Adams is a senior scientist and the Director of the Molecular Biophysics and Integrated Bioimaging Division of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and an Adjunct Professor at the Department of Bioengineering for the University of California Berkeley. He is a leading authority on X-ray crystallography.