SIMB Past Presidents

SIMB Officers

President
2020-2021
Steve Decker, NREL

President-Elect
2020-2021
Noel Fong, Nucelis

Past President
2020-2021
Janet Westpheling, University of Georgia

Treasurer
2020-2023
Laura Jarboe, Iowa State University

Secretary
2018-2021
Elisabeth Elder, Georgia Southwestern State University

Director
Term ends 2023
Rob Donofrio, Neogen

Director
Term ends 2022
Katy Kao, Texas A&M University

Director
Term ends 2022
Priti Pharyka, Genomatica

Director
Term ends 2021
Tiffany Rau

Executive Director
Christine Lowe, SIMB

Standing Committees

2021 Annual Meeting Program

Program Chair
Adam Guss, ORNL

Biocatalysis
Jennifer Headman (Chair), POET
Aditya Bhalla, Dupont
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
Noel Fong, Nucelis
Tiffany Rau
Dongming Xie, University of Massachusetts-Lowell

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, Corteva Agriscience

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

Science Slam:
Katy Kao

Archives
Term Ends 2022
Debra Chadick

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

Audit Committee
Term Ends 2022
Jeff Schwartz, PhD, JLS Microconsulting LLC

Members:
Debbie Yaver, Novozymes
C. Herb Ward, Rice University

Awards & Honors
Term ends 2021
Mahendra Jain

Members:
Cathy Asleson Dundon, Nordyeast
Tom Jeffries, Xylome
Raj Boopathy, Nicholls State University
Susan Bagley, Michigan Technological University
Dale Monceaux, AdvanceBio LLC

Diversity Committee
Term Ends 2021
Chair: Sara Shields-Menard, Nicholls State University
Co-chair: Sheena Becker, Corteva

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

Education and Outreach
Term ends 2022
Katy Kao

Members:
Steve van Dien
Laura Jarboe, Iowa State University
Noel Fong, Nucelis, Inc.
Mark Berge, MedImmune
Katy Watts

Elections
Term Ends 2022
Kristien Mortelmans, SRI International

Members:
Badal Saha, USDA

Ethics Committee:
Term Ends 2022
Susan Bagley, Michigan Technological University (Emerita)

Members:
Scott Baker
Neal Connors
Debbie Yaver

Exhibits
Term Ends 2023
Steve Van Dien , Persephone Biome

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

Finance
Term Ends 2023
Laura Jarboe (Chair), Iowa State Univ

Members:
Steve Decker, NREL
Jan Westpheling, UGA
Elisabeth Elder, Georgia Southwest University
ex officio: Noel Fong, Nucelis, SIMB president-elect; Jeff Schwartz, JLS Microconsulting

Investment Advisory
Richard Baltz, CognoGen Biotechnology Consulting
George Garrity, Michigan State University

Members:

Meeting Sites
Term Ends 2021
Chris Lowe, SIMB

Membership – Individual
Term Ends 2022
Michael Resch, NREL

Members:
Paul Cino
Laura Jarboe
Thomas Klasson, USDA

Membership – Corporate Outreach
Term Ends 2023
Chair: Steve Van Dien , Persephone Biome
Co-Chairs:
Adreas Schirmer, Genomatica
Yoram Barak, BASF

Members:
Tom Kelleher, Xylome
Jonathan Sheridan, Teselagen

Nominations
Term Ends 2021
Steve Van Dien , Persephone Biome

Members:

Placement
Term Ends 2021
Robert Berger, B/B Associates

Members:
Sara Dorman, FrieslandCampina

Planning
Term Ends 2020
Noel Fong, Nucelis

Members:

Publications
Term Ends 2022
Nigel Mouncey, Joint Genome Institute

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

JIMB Editor-in-Chief
Term Ends 2025
Ramon Gonzalez, PhD

SIMB News
Editor-in-Chief

Term Ends 2023
Melanie Mormile, Missouri University of Science and Technology

Members:
Elisabeth Elder, Georgia Southwestern State University
Kristien Mortelmans, SRI International
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

International Outreach
Term Ends 2020
Susanne Kleff, Michigan State University

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

Special Conferences

Symposium on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals (SBFC)
Chair: Scott Baker, Pacific National Lab
Co-chair: Davinia Salvachua, NREL
Past Chair: Claus Felby, Novo Nordisk Foundation

International Conference on Natural Product Discovery and Development in the Genomic Era 2023
Chair: Ben Shen, Scripps Research Institute

Recent Advances in Fermentation Technology (RAFT™) 2021
Chair: Mark Berge, Astra Zeneca
Co-chair: Kat Allikian, Mythic Mushrooms

Industrial Microbiology Meets Microbiome (IMMM)
Chair: Debbie Yaver, Novozymes
Co-chair: Yoram Barak, BASF
Co-chair: George Garrity, Michigan State University