Upcoming Events

From workshops to conferences, the EBI offers many opportunities for growth.

The EBI Seminar Series emanates from the Energy Biosciences Building in Berkeley or the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, but are also webcast live for audiences at other EBI partner locations. Click the relevant title to access.

Thursday, 10/23/14 to Saturday, 11/1/14
Saturday, 11/1/14


EBI Seminars

The EBI Seminar Series presents speakers throughout the year who share their insights and research activities with Institute staff at the Energy Biosciences Building in Berkeley and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Their expertise draws from both academia and industry, and the seminars are designed to keep EBI researchers abreast of the latest advances in bioenergy science. Some are also webcast live for audiences at other EBI partner locations.


The talks listed can be viewed by clicking on the linked title. Titles not yet linked are either future events or currently being produced and will become active once available.


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2015 Seminars

February 10, 2015, UCB, EBB 115 at noon Bob Snyder Advances in Yeast Biotechnology    
February 24, 2015, UCB, EBB 115 at noon Sam Evans

The Role of Modeling


March 13, 2015, UCB, EBB 155 at noon (Friday) Hal Alper Fatty Acid Synthesis    
March 17, 2015, UCB, EBB 115 at noon Christopher Jones Catalysis    
March 24, 2015 SPRING BREAK      
March 31, 2015 TBA      
April 14, 2015, UCB, EBB 115 at noon Julian Marshall Air Pollution/Public Health    
April 21, 2015 SPRING PRESENTATIONS      
April 28, 2015, UCB, EBB 115 at 10 a.m. John Field Biofuels Assessment    
May 5, 2015, UCB, EBB 115 at noon Jack Saddler Forest Residues    
May 12, 2015, UCB, EBB 115 at noon Christina Smolke Modular Genetic Platforms    
June 9, 2015, UCB, EBB 115 at noon Michael Pierce Glycomics    

2014 Seminars

January 16, 2014 Tillman Gerngross Advances in Yeast Biotechnology    
January 28, 2014 Pam Silver Cyanobacteria    
February 5, 2014 David Baker Protein Design    
February 11, 2014 Devin Coleman-Derr Agave Microbiome    
February 18, 2014 Yuriy Roman Heterogeneous catalysis    
February 25, 2014 Tom Jeffries Fungal Engineering    
March 4, 2014 Ronald de Vries Thermophilic Fungi    
March 11, 2014 Xiaoxia (Nina) Lin Microbial Processing 12:00 p.m. EBI Berkeley, Room 115
March 18, 2014 Heather MacLean (Cancelled due to illness)    
March 25, 2014 No Seminar     (Spring Break)     
April 1, 2014 Annie Tsong Amyris 12:00 p.m. EBI Berkeley, Room 115
April 8, 2014 No Seminar (Spring Reviews)     
April 15, 2014 Matthew Croughan Algal Crude Oil 12:00 p.m. EBI Berkeley, Room 115
April 22, 2014 Greg Beckham Cellulase Enzymes 12:00 p.m. EBI Berkeley, Room 115
April 29, 2014 Beth Calabotta Biodiesel 12:00 p.m. EBI Berkeley, Room 115
Sept. 2, 2014, UCB Allen Goldstein Chemistry of Oil 12:00 p.m.

EBI Berkeley, Room 115

Sept.5, 2014, UI Keith Tyo TBA 3:00 p.m. EBI UI, IGB 612

Sept. 9, 2014, UCB

Tom Richard Five Myths about Biofuels 12:00 p.m. EBI Berkeley, Room 115
Sept. 17, 2014, (Wed.), UCB Sergio Villalobos Health Screening of Lubricant and Diesel Additive Molecules 12:00 p.m. EBI Berkeley, Room 115
Sept.23, 2014, UCB Meritxell Riquelme Neurospora Cell Biology 12:00 p.m. EBI Berkeley, Room 115
Sept.30, 2014, UCB Marty Bollinger Deoxygenation 12:00 p.m. EBI Berkeley, Room 115
Oct.3, 2014, UCB Ian Head Reservoir Microbiology 12:00 p.m. EBI Berkeley, Room 115
Oct.3, 2014, UCB Mark Styczynski Metablomics-Driven Metabolic Engineering 3:00 p.m. EBI UI, IGB 612
Oct. 10, 2014, UCB Vivian Thomson Climate Policy 12:00 p.m. EBI Berkeley, Room 115
Oct. 17, 2014, UI Joel Cherry TBA 3:00 p.m. EBI UI, IGB 612
Oct. 29, 2014, UCB Mark Strous Impossible Metabolism 12:00 p.m. EBI Berkeley, Room 115
Nov. 4, 2014, UCB Brian Pfleger Fatty Acid Synthesis 12:00 p.m. EBI Berkeley, Room 115
Nov. 18, 2014, UCB Adrian Tsang Fungal Genomics 12:00 p.m. EBI Berkeley, Room 115
Nov. 25, 2014, UCB Bill Stewart Forest Bioenergy 12:00 p.m. EBI Berkeley, Room 115
Dec. 2, 2014, UCB Heather MacLean Bioenergy Systems 12:00 p.m. EBI Berkeley, Room 115
Dec. 12, 2014, UI David Weston TBA 3:00 p.m. EBI UI, IGB 612

2013 Seminars

February 5, 2013 Yasuo Yoshikuni Microalgal Biofuels
February 12, 2013 Jin-Byung Park Enzymatic Synthesis
March 5, 2013 Dan Nepstad Climate Change and Land Scarcity
March 12, 2013 Doug Elliott Biomass Conversion
March 19, 2013 Jennifer Dunn Life-Cycle Analysis
April 9, 2013 Chris Field Impacts of Climate Change
April 16, 2013 Susan Hubbard MEHR Modeling
April 22, 2013 Gerrit Voordouw Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria
April 30, 2013 Hannah Breetz Renewable Energy Policy
May 7, 2013 Shelie Miller Life-Cycle Analysis
May 8, 2013 Hirokazu Kobayashi Catalysis of Activated Carbons for Hydrolysis of Cellulose
August 13, 2013 Naoko Ellis Biomass Utilization -- A Canadian Perspective
September 3 Aindrila Mukhopadhyay Microbial Stress Response
September 6 Lee Lynd Sustainable Biofuels
September 10 Robert J. Davis Transformation of Alcohols Derived from Renewable Biomass
September 12 Elise Scott The Role of Contracts in Biomass Supply Chain Optimization
September 17 No UCB seminar Reviews in progress
September 20 Robert Abt Bioenergy Demand and the Southern Forest: Markets, Land Use, and Carbon Implications
September 26 Allen Parrish Yield Response to Nitrogen and Harvest Timing in a Mature Miscanthus x giganteus stand
September 24 No UCB seminar Reviews in progress
October 1 Xiaoxia "Nina" Lin Microbial Consolidated Bioprocessing -- CANCELLED DUE TO ILLNESS
October 4 Tim Kring Bioenergy's Impact on Insect Pollinators and Natural Enemies
October 8 Jim Flatt Observations from the Front Lines in the Development of Biobased Products Manufacturing
October 10 Jessica Kirkpatrick Construction and Analysis of the Miscanthus Genespace
October 15 Paula Mouser Fracking
October 22 Terry Papoutsakis Metabolic Engineering in Clostridium
October 24 Vanessa Revindran Filamentous Fungi as a Model for Heterologous Gene Expression
October 29 Christian Hong Mathematical modeling of circadian rhythms, cell cycle, and cellulase regulation in Neurospora crassa
November 1 Maria G. Salas Fernandez Designing High-Yielding Sorghum for an Biofuel Crop
November 5 Rafael Bernardi Molecular Modeling
November 7 Eun Joong Oh Evolutionary Engineering for Rapid Cellobiose Fermentation by Saccharomyces cerevisae
November 12 Vincent Kwasniewski Ethanol in Fuels: A Corn Processor's Perspective
November 15 Jonathan Walton Improved Enzyme Mixtures for Biomass Deconstruction
November 19 Lassi Linnanen System-Level Change for Energy, Water, and Food Security
November 21 Eoghan Smyth Topic: TBA
November 26 David Hibbett Cell Wall Degradation
December 3 Leland Vane Membranes
December 10 Casey Hubbert Geomicrobiology

2012 Seminars

January 31, 2012 Tasios Melis
UC Berkeley
Photosynthesis to Fuels
February 3, 2012
at UI
Neil Glynn
Developing Saccharum Crops for Sugar and Fiber
February 7, 2012 Pieter Imhof
Avatium High-Throughput Technologies
Developing Catalytic Processes from Renewables
Slides for this Seminar
February 7, 2012 Thorsten Hamann
Imperial College London
Plant Cell Wall Integrity Maintenance
February 14, 2012 Thomas Pschorn
Andritz Group
Pretreatment Technology
Slides 1 of 3  Slides 2 of 3  Slides 3 of 3
February 21, 2012 Bruce Kohorn
Bowdoin College
Plant Kinases
February 28, 2012 Jim Wynn
MBI Industrial Biotechnology
Taking the Bio-based Technologies from the Laboratory Bench to Commercial Scale
March 6, 2012 Andy Aden
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Techno-economic Modeling of Advanced Biofuels Conversion Processes
March 13, 2012 Jeremy Zucker
Broad Institute
Metabolic Model for N.crassa
March 16, 2012
at UI
Michael Axtell
Penn State University
Small RNA Networks in Plants: A Comparative Approach
March 23, 2012 Merja Penttila
Technical Research Center, Finland VTT
Cell Factories For Production Fuels And Chemicals In Biorefineries
April 3, 2012 Julia Fan
UC Davis
Synthetic Biology/Biodiesel
April 17, 2012 Nathan Parker
UC Davis
Hydrogen Fuel From Biomass
Slides for this Seminar
April 24, 2012 Carl Douglas
University of British Columbia
Poplar Genetics
May 2, 2012 Ron Milo
Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel
Rethinking Carbon Fixation
May 15, 2012 Frances Arnold
Directed Protein Evolution
October 15, 2012 Avelino Corma
Universidad Politecnica de Valencia, Spain
Catalysts for Energy
October 23, 2012 George Huber
University of Wisconsin


New Catalytic Technologies for Production of Renewable Fuels and Chemicals from Biomass
October 30, 2012 Adam Kennedy/Howard Kartstein
Metabolomic Profiling
November 6, 2012 Randy Cortright
Virent, Inc.
Aqueous Phase Reforming
November 13, 2012 Sarah Davis
U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Bioenergy Water Issues
November 20, 2012 Blake Simmons
DOE Joint Bioenergy Institute
Beyond Ethanol
November 27, 2012 Bin Yang
Washington State University
Biomass Pretreatment
December 4, 2012 Maureen McCann
Purdue University
Plant Biology

2011 Seminars

December 6, 2011 Wenjun Zhang
UC Berkeley
Thio-templated Assembly Line in Synthesis of Pharmaceuticals and Biofuels
November 29, 2011 Rich Mathies
UC Berkeley
Academia and Industry
November 4, 2011
at UI
Jose Gonzalez
South Dakota State University
Exploring the Transcriptome of Prairie Cordgrass
November 1, 2011 David Zilberman
UC Berkeley
How Gas Prices Triggered the Housing Crisis
October 25, 2011 Tina Jeoh
UC Davis
Investigating Heterogeneous Cellulase-Cellulose Interactions at Molecular and Reaction-Scales
October 18, 2011 Tony Kingsbury
Dow Chemical Corp.
Sustainable Chemistry for the Real World
October 11, 2011 Don Natvig
University of New Mexico
Thermophilic Fungi: Evolution, Biology and Applications
October 4, 2011 Chris Savile
Protein Evolution: Applications in Pharmaceuticals and Bioenergy
September 27, 2011 Seth DeBolt
University of Kentucky
Chemical Genetic Dissection of Cellulose Synthesis (slides only)
September 20, 2011 Neil Glynn
Meeting The Challenges of Sugarcane and Energycane Cultivar Development and Production in Florida
September 13, 2011 Bruce Gates
University of California, Davis
Catalytic Upgrading of Lignin-Derived Compounds: Reaction Networks and Evidence of Oxygen Removal
September 6, 2011 Madhu Khanna
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Economic Outlook for Cellulosic Biofuels Under Alternative Policy Scenarios
August 24, 2011 Michael Wang
Argonne National Laboratory
Life-Cycle Analysis of Biofuels with the GREET Model
May 3, 2011 Hector Garcia Martin
Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI)
Metabolic Flux Analysis of Biodiesel-Producing E-Coli
April 26, 2011 Joel A. Kreps
BP Biofuels Global Technology
Improving Microorganisms for a Robust, Low-Cost Lignocellulosic Process
April 19, 2011 Ryan Gill
University of Colorado
Genome Surfing
March 29, 2011 Vincent G. H. Eijsink
Norwegian University of Life Sciences
Novel Insights into the Enzymatic Conversion of Recalcitrant Polysaccharides
March 15, 2011 Ned Jackson
Center for Fundamental Materials Research
Michigan State University Frances Arnold
Envisioning a Renewables-Based Chemical and Energy Industry: Strategies and Transformations for the Biomass Refinery
March 8, 2011 John Perkins
NCSE Senior Fellow and Professor Emeritus
Evergreen State College
Energy Past-Energy Future: The Eternal Dance of Alternatives
March 1, 2011 Michael Crowley
Senior Scientist
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)
Large Scale Molecular Modeling of Biomass and the Molecules that Torture It
February 15, 2011 Terry Hazen
Senior Scientist
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
The Gulf Oil Spill: Where Did All The Oil Go?
January 25 2011 Paul Harris
Staff Scientist
Novozymes, Inc.
Development of a Cost-Effective Enzymatic Solution to Lignocellulose Degradation

2010 Seminars

December 7 2010 James Liao
Professor, Dept. of Metabolic Engineering & Synthetic Biology
Biological Synthesis of Higher Alcohols
November 30, 2010 David Wilson
Professor, Department of Molecular Biology
Cornell University
Mechanistic Studies of Thermobifida fusca Cellulases
November 23, 2010 Henrik Scheller
Biological Engineer and Senior Scientist
Joint BioEnergy Institute
Optimizing Cell Wall Biosynthesis for Biofuel Production
November 2 2010 Scott E. Baker
Scientist, Chemical and Biological Process Development
Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Fungi, Genomes, Enzymes and Metabolites
October 26 2010 Stephen Del Cardayre
Vice President, Research and Development
LS9, Inc.
One-Step Conversion of Sugar to Drop-In Renewable Fuels and Chemicals
October 12 2010 Daniel A. Farber
Sato Sho Professor of Law, Boalt School of Law
Chair, Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley
Indirect Land Use Change, Uncertainty, and Biofuels Policy
October 5 2010 Robin D. Rogers
Distinguished Research Professor, Robert Ramsey Chair of Chemistry
Director, Center for Green Manufacturing, University of Alabama
Ionic Liquid Solvents for the Grand Challenge in a Biorefinery
September 21 2010 Richard Muller
Professor, Department of Physics, UC Berkeley
Faculty Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab
The Current Status of Climate Change
September 14 2010 Rafael Vazquez-Duhalt
Biotechnology Institute, National Autonomous University of Mexico
Enzymatic Transformation of Asphaltenes: Towards Petroleum Biorefining
August 31 2010 Christopher Voigt
UC San Francisco
Programming Bacteria: Rebuilding Complex Functions from the Ground Up
August 17 2010 Justin Stege
Verenium Corporation
Verenium Lignocellulosic Enzyme R&D
August 10 2010 Wolfgang Holderich
University of Technology RWTH
Aachen, Germany
The Use of Renewable Feedstocks as a Contribution for Environmental Protection
May 2010 Tom Richard
Penn State University
Windows of Opportunity: Re-imagining Agriculture for Food, Fuel, and the Environment
April 2010 Harvey Blanch
UC Berkeley
Biofuels Production in Perspective
April 2010 Michael Gould
Texas A&M University
Purpose-Built Crops for Biofuels
April 2010 Brent Shanks Selective Glucose Dehydration using Multifunctional Reaction Systems
March 2010 Dmitry Murzin
Åbo Akademi University
Catalytic Transformations for Production of Biofuels from Woody Biomass
March 2010 Notburga Gierlinger
Johannes Kepler Universitat
Microspectroscopic Insights into Plant Cell Wall Polymer Composition
and Orientation
March 2010 Carey King
Univ. of Texas - Austin
Water-Energy Nexus -- Strategic Thinking
March 2010 Luis Fernandez
Stanford University
Sugarcane in the Savannah: Collecting Evidence of a Land Use Change Cascade in the Brazilian Cerrado
February 2010 James Dumesic
Univ. of Wisconsin
Catalytic Conversion of Ligno-Cellulosic Biomass to Liquid Alkenes for Transportation Fuels
February 2010 John Dueber Improved Flux through Designable Control with Modular, Synthetic Proteins
January 2010 Tom McKone Hidden Costs of Energy

2009 Seminars

December 2009 John Coates Application of Microbial Processes to Enhanced Hydrocarbon Recovery
December 2009 John Holladay Opportunities for Production of Hydrocarbon Fuels from Biomass
October 2009 Susan Leschine
Clostridium phytofermentans - A Novel Biocatalyst for Consolidated Bioprocessing of Biomass to Ethanol
October 2009 Terry Hazen
Life in the Slow Lane: Ecogenomics in Extreme Environments -- Implications for Enhanced Oil Recovery
September 2009 Markus Pauly
Michigan State University
Plant Cell Walls as a Resource for Biofuels: Advances Through Forward Genetic and Deep Sequencing Approaches
January 2009 Luca Zullo
Cargill Inc.
Algae for Biofuel: Promised Land or Mirage?
March 2009 Christer Jansson
CyanoDiesel & CellWallFlux
April 2009 Alexis Bell
UCB Dept of Chemical Engineering
Biomass Dissolution and Conversion to Ionic Liquids


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