About Merja Penttilä

Merja Penttilä is a research professor in biotechnology at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, and an adjunct professor in synthetic biology at Aalto University. Her PhD thesis research (University of Helsinki, 1987) included characterisation of the Trichoderma egl1 gene, analysis of secretion of four cellulases in yeast and construction of glucanolytic brewer’s yeasts. Since then she has studied at VTT many basic aspects of enzymology, gene regulation, enzyme secretion, redox regulation and metabolic engineering of various yeasts and filamentous fungi, and used these organisms for production of proteins, fuels, chemicals and materials (bioplastics precursors, silk). She has been the leader of several large research consortia and CoE’s in Finland, coordinator and partner in EU projects, and lead bilateral projects with industry. Recently, she has focused on synthetic biology tool and infrastructure development, and promoted establishment of Synbio Powerhouse, an innovation ecosystem with activities ranging from education to new business development. She has been an advisory board member of many international organisations, e.g. EBRC (USA), TWB (France), ERA-Chairs (Estonia). She is the board member of The Finnish Academy of Science and Letters. She has over 50 patents, and according to ResearcherID, 276 publications cited 13 820 times, with h-index of 69 (GoogleScholar h= 83).

Merja Penttilä

Past Awardees of the Charles D. Scott Award

2018 – 40th Symposium – Lisbeth Olsson
2017 – 39th Symposium – Jonathan Mielenz
2016 – 38th Symposium – Charles Abbas
2015 – 37th Symposium – Peter Biely
2014 – 36th Symposium – Rodney Bothast
2013 – 35th Symposium – Liisa Viikari
2012 – 34th Symposium – Jens Nielsen
2011 – 33rd Symposium – Steve Picataggio
2010 – 32nd Symposium – Michael E. Himmel
2009 – 31st Symposium – Michael R. Ladisch
2008 – 30th Symposium – Barbel Hahn-Hagerdal
2007 – 29th Symposium – Lonnie O. Ingram
2006 – 28th Symposium – Mark Finkelstein
2006 – 28th Symposium – Brian Davison
2005 – 27th Symposium – Lee Lynd
2004 – 26th Symposium – Guido Zacchi
2003 – 25th Symposium – Thomas W. Jeffries
2002 – 24th Symposium – Sharon Shoemaker
2001 – 23rd Symposium – Patrick Foody
2000 – 22nd Symposium – Karel Grohman
1999 – 21st Symposium – Charles E. Wyman
1998 – 20th Symposium – Jack Saddler
1997 – 19th Symposium – Raphael Katzen
1996 – 18th Symposium – Bruce Dale
1995 – 17th Symposium – Donald J. Johnson