About Scott E. Baker, Ph.D.

Scott E. Baker, Ph.D. is a Scientist as the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), a Department of Energy National Laboratory located in Richland, Washington. He has served on the Board of Directors of SIMB as both a Director and President. He will be 2020 Program co-Chair and 2021 Chair for SIMB’s SBFC meeting. His research interests include biotechnology, genomics and genetics, especially as they relate to fungal metabolite production, enzyme secretion and cell morphology. For more than a decade he has led and contributed to fungal genome projects, from single genomes to resequencing of classical genetic mutant strains to whole fungal genus sequencing efforts. In 2009 and 2010, with DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) staff members, he co-led the development and launch of the JGI Fungal Genomics Program. Currently he is a member of the JGI’s Fungal Genomics Program Advisory Committee. In addition to his research at PNNL, he is the Biology Science Area Lead for the DOE Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory (EMSL), a DOE National User Facility. EMSL collaborates with researchers to develop a predictive understanding molecular processes relevant to DOE environmental and bioenergy challenges. He has a joint appointment with the DOE Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) located in Emeryville, California. At JBEI his research is focused on heterologous production of lignin active enzymes by fungi. He received his BS in Biology from Oregon State University in 1992 and his PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Northwestern University in 1996.

Scott E. Baker, Ph.D.

About Leonard Katz, Ph.D

Leonard Katz is a recognized expert in genetic engineering of polyketide synthases for the production of novel polyketides. Dr. Katz received his B.Sc. in Microbiology (McGill University, 1965) and his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology (UC Santa Barbara, 1970), and did a post-doc in Biochemistry (UC San Diego, 1971-4). Dr. Katz spent the major part of his career in the pharmaceutical-biotech industrial sector where he discovered the modular basis for polyketide biosynthesis, and where he developed and employed genetic methodologies for the manipulation of polyketide synthases to produce novel polyketide-based pharmaceuticals. Dr. Katz is currently retired but serves as a Research Advisor at the Joint BioEnergy Institute in Emeryville, CA. Dr. Katz has 121 publications in peer-reviewed journals, 33 granted US patents for uses of polyketide synthases to produce novel natural products. Dr. Katz is the recipient of the 2000 Charles Thom Research Award and the 2018 Charles Porter Award, both of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Leonard Katz, Ph.D

About Tom Kelleher, Ph.D.

Since 2014, Tom Kelleher is the CEO of Xylome Corporation where he engages in research and business development. He is the past president of the Pacific NW chapter of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. Tom holds a doctorate in Industrial Microbiology from Rutgers University (1981) and a bachelor’s degree in Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Boston (1975). Between 2003 and 2014 at Amgen, Tom was Director in Global Process Engineering at Thousand Oaks and Puerto Rico, Between 1998 and 2003, Tom was the lead inventor of the current commercial process for Daptomycin that resulted in FDA approval of this new class of antibiotic for “super bugs”, including Vancomycin Resistant Enterococcus (VRE) and MRSA. Since 1980, Tom has held positions of increasing responsibility in industrial microbiology at other biopharmaceutical companies, including insulin yield improvements at ZymoGenetics/ Novo Nordisk and Apha-1-antitrypsin at Chiron.

Tom Kelleher, Ph.D.

SIMB Fellowship Awardees

Robert F. Acker – 1990
Paul Actor – 1999
Spiros N. Agathos – 2006
Donald G. Ahearn – 1987
Zhiqiang An – 2015
Richard H. Baltz – 1999
Joan W. Bennett – 1996
Deepak Bhatnagar – 2009
Mervyn Bibb – 2016
Seymour S. Block – 1992
Ramaraj Boopathy – 2016
Rodney Bothast – 2001
Jean Brenchley – 1998
Lewis Brown – 1997
Douglas C. Cameron – 2003
Thomas “Ed” Cleveland – 2002
Rita R. Colwell – 1988
Joseph J. Cooney – 1988
Julian Davies – 2014
Brian H. Davison – 2017
Arnold L. Demain – 1985
Richard P. Elander – 1985
Karl Esser – 1990
Doug Eveleigh – 2018
George M. Garrity – 2005
Gerhard J. Haas – 2004
Clifford W. Hesseltine – 1985
Russell Hill – 2003
C. George Hollis – 1991
Sir David Hopwood – 2013
Ching T. Hou – 1996
Robert L. Huddleston – 1987
Arthur E. Humphrey – 1985
Jennie C. Hunter-Cevera – 1997
Lonnie Ingram – 2001
Warren P. Iverson – 1985
Thomas Jeffries – 1998
Arthur M. Kaplan – 1985
Louis Kaplan – 1994
Edward Katz – 1992
Allen I. Laskin – 1986
Sang Yup Lee – 2010
Carol Litchfield – 2002
John Litchfield – 1987
Warren Litsky – 1987
Prakash Masurekar – 2008
Saul L. Neidleman – 1989
Satoshi Ōmura – 2015
Stephen Picataggio – 2011
Michael A. Pisano – 1991
Nasib Qureshi – 2017
Kenneth B. Raper – 1985
Richard L. Raymond – 1987
Kevin Reynolds – 2016
Morris R. Rogers – 1991
Harold Rossmoore – 1990
Inge Russell – 1995
Badal C. Saha – 2012
Robert D. Schwartz – 1994
Paul L. Skatrud – 2000
George A. Somkuti – 1989
Robert W. Squires – 1987
Attila Szentirmai – 2009
Richard Traxler – 1997
Leland A. Underkofler – 1985
Erick Vandamme – 2005
C. Herb Ward – 1990
Marvin Weinstein – 1995
H. Boyd Woodruff – 1985
J. W. David Wu – 2009
Xiaoming (Jerry) Yang – 2009
Charles C. Yeager – 1990
Hideaki Yukawa – 2011