SIMB Past Presidents

SIMB Officers

President
2018-2019
Steve Van Dien, Persephone Biome

President-Elect
2018-2019
Janet Westpheling, University of Georgia

Past President
2018-2019
Debbie Yaver, Novozymes, Inc

Secretary
2018-2021
Elisabeth Elder, Georgia Southwestern State University

Treasurer
2017-2020
Laura Jarboe, Iowa State University

Director
Term ends 2019
Joy Doran-Peterson, University of Georgia

Director
Term ends 2019
Thomas Klasson, USDA-ARS-SRRC

Director
Term ends 2021
Tiffany Rau, BioProcess Technology Consultants

Director
Term ends 2020
Michael Resch, NREL

Executive Director
Christine Lowe, SIMB

Standing Committees

2019 Annual Meeting Program

Program Chair
Katy Kao, Texas A&M University

Biocatalysis
Aditya Bhalla (Chair), Dupont
Jennifer Headman, Novozymes
Navanietha Krishnaraj, South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Enrico Marsili, Nanyang Technological University
Benedict Okeke, Auburn University at Montgomery

Environmental:
Gemma Reguera (Chair), Michigan State University
Haluk Beyenal, Washington State University
Kevin Finneran, Clemson University
Kang Wu, University of New Hamphshire

Fermentation/Cell Culture:
Yoram Barak (Chair), BASF
George Bennett, Rice University
Noel Fong, Nucelis
Tiffany Rau, BioProcess Technology Consultants
Dan Solaiman, USDA

Metabolic Engineering:
Andreas Schirmer (Chair), Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
Chris Johnson, NREL
Priti Pharkya, Genomatica
Zengyi Shao

Natural Products:
James Link (Chair), Princeton University
Yousong Ding, University of Florida
Jie Hu, DOW

Students and Posters:
Stephanie Gleason, DuPont
Sara Blumer-Schuette, Oakland University
Raj Boopathy, Nicholls State University
Katherine Chou, NREL
Enrico Marsili, Nanyang Technological University
Ashish Sharma

Science Slam:
Joy Doran-Peterson, University of Georgia

Special Topic #1: Innovations in agriculture and energy to realize a new carbon economy
David Babson (Chair), USDA

Special Topic #2: Federal Perspective on Biomanufacturing R&D – panel
Philip Laible (Chair), Argonne National Lab

Archives
Term Ends 2022
Debra Chadick

Members:
Paul Cino
Doug Eveleigh, Rutgers University (Emeritus)
Ann Kulback

Audit Committee
Term Ends 2019
Jeff Schwartz, PhD, JLS Microconsulting LLC
Herb Ward, PhD, Rice University

Members:
George Garrity

Awards & Honors
Term ends 2018
Mahendra Jain

Members:
Raj Boopathy, Nicholls State University
Kenneth Bruno
Kathy Dundon
Tom Jeffries, Xylome

Diversity Committee
Term Ends 2021
Sara Shields-Menard, Nicholls State University

Term Ends 2020
Felipe Sarmiento, Gingko Bioworks

Members:
Sheena Becker, DOW AgroSciences
Noel Fong, Nucelis, Inc.
Laura Jarboe, Iowa State University
Vanessa Nepomuceno, University of Illinois

Education and Outreach
Term ends 2020
Joy Doran-Peterson

Members:
Mark Berge, MedImmune
Kirsten Davis, Iowa State
Stephanie Gleason, DuPont
Noel Fong, Nucelis, Inc.

Elections
Term Ends 2019
Kristien Mortelmans, SRI International

Members:
Badal Saha, USDA

Exhibits
Term Ends 2021
Elisabeth Elder, Georgia Southwestern State University

Members:
Lisa Soto
Robert Berger, B/B Associates
Abbie More, FrieslandCampina

Finance
Term Ends 2020
Laura Jarboe (Chair), Iowa State Univ

Members:
Steve Van Dien, Persephone Biome
Elisabeth Elder, Georgia Southwest University
Debbie Yaver, Novozymes

Meeting Sites
Term Ends 2021
Chris Lowe, SIMB

Membership – Individual
Term Ends 2021
Stephanie Gleason, DuPont

Members:
Paul Cino
Laura Jarboe
Thomas Klasson, USDA

Membership – Corporate Outreach
Term Ends 2020
Co-Chairs:
Andreas Schirmer, Renewable Energy Group, Inc.
Yoram Barak, BASF

Members:
Don Hahn, Corteva
Tom Kelleher, Xylome
Jonathan Sheridan, Teselagen

Nominations
Term Ends 2019
George Garrity, Michigan State University

Placement
Term Ends 2020
Robert Berger, B/B Associates

Members:
Sara Dorman, FrieslandCampina

Planning
Term Ends 2019
Janet Westpheling, University of Georgia

Publications
Term Ends 2019
Nigel Mouncey, Joint Genome Institute

Members:
George Garrity, Michigan State University
Herb Ward, Rice University

JIMB Editor-in-Chief
Term Ends 2020
Ramon Gonzalez, PhD

SIMB News
Editor-in-Chief

Term Ends 2018
Melanie Mormile, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Members:
Kristien Mortelmans, SRI International
Elisabeth Elder, Georgia Southwestern State University
Vanessa Nepomuceno, Univ of Illinois

SIMB Representatives to:
American Institute of Biological Sciences (AIBS): OPEN

International Union of Microbiological Societies (IUMS): OPEN

Presidential Ad Hoc Committees

Ethics Committee:
Term Ends 2019
Susan Bagley, Michigan Technological University (Emerita)

Members:
Scott Baker, PNL
Neal Connors, Drew University

International Outreach
Term Ends 2019
Susanne Kleff, Michigan State University

Members:
Scott Baker
Tim Davies
George Garrity
Peter Punt
Thomas Klasson
Erick Vandamme
Michael Resch

Website Development
Term Ends 2019
Janet Westpheling, University of Georgia

Special Conferences

Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC)
Seema Singh, Sandia National Laboratories
Claus Felby, University of Copenhagen
Steve Decker, NREL

Natural Product Discovery and Development in the Genomic Era (NP) 2020
Ben Shen, Scripps Research
Brian Bachmann, Vanderbilt University
Nigel Mouncey, Berkeley Lab
Yi Tang, University of California – Los Angeles

Recent Advances in Fermentation Technology (RAFT™) 2019
Co-Chairs:Tiffany Rau, BioProcess Technology Consultants, Inc.
Tim Davies, Rubus Scientific