People

 Faculty


Joy Doran Peterson (Director and PI)

Associate Professor of Microbiology and Director and Graduate Coordinator of the MBB Program. Dr. Peterson has 20 years of experience in microbial diversity, biomass conversion and biofuel research and has worked extensively with companies involved in developing clean fuels. She is also a member of UGA’s Bioenergy Systems Research Institute.

Dale E. Greene

Dr. Greene is a Professor in the Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources. He is involved in MBB program development and provides a link to the Master’s in Forest Resources, exposing students interested in biofuels to training in feedstock sourcing and use. His research interests are in forest harvesting and biomass opportunities.

Mark Eiteman

Dr. Eitman is a Professor of Engineering with research interests in metabolic engineering and fermentation technology for fuels and chemicals. He is director of the Master’s in Biological Engineering in the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences. He is on the MBB curriculum committee and provides a link for students interested in engineering aspects of biomanufacturing to relevant courses.

Allen C. Amason (Co-PI)

Dr. Amason is the Department Head and Associate Professor of Management in the Terry College of Business. He will organize business classes and provide a link between STEM and business activities. He is an expert in business strategy with extensive industrial experience.

Paul Brooks

Dr. Brooks is Assistant Dean for Non-Traditional Education and Outreach at the College of Pharmacy. He runs programs in Regulatory Affairs. He is involved in MBB development and provides a link for SMP students interested in pharmaceutical biomanufacturing to relevant courses and will assist with developing non-traditional training programs.

 Ralph Tripp

Dr. Tripp is a Professor of Infectious Diseases and Georgia Research Alliance (GRA) Chair of Animal Health Vaccine Development in the College of Veterinary Medicine, and a GRA eminent scholar. He has biopharmaceutical company affiliations, and is founder of Argent Diagnostics, Inc. As a GRA eminent scholar, he works on federal relations and emphasizes transfer of technology from research to commercialization. He is on the MBB curriculum committee.

David L. Blum

Dr. Blum is the Director of the Bioexpression and Fermentation Facility in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

Anthony C. Capomacchia

Dr. Capomacchia is an Associate Professor in Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences. He has significant administrative experience in graduate student and minority student recruitment, funding and retention in conjunction with the Sloan Foundation. Dr. Capomacchia is on the MBB recruiting and admissions committee.

 William Lanzillotta

Dr. Lanzilotta is an Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology with research expertise in protein structure and function. He has industrial biotechnology experience and several commercial collaborations. He is on the MBB curriculum committee.

Michael J. Adang

Dr. Adang is a Professor of Entomology and Biochemistry and Coordinator of the Bachelor of Science in Applied Biotechnology. He is involved in MBB development and provides a link to the undergraduate biotechnology program. Dr Adang has experience in the biotechnology industry, academia and entrepreneurialism and specializes in research on the Bt toxin and agricultural biotechnology. He is also CSO of Insectigen, a MBB partner company.

Advisory Committee


Kurt Creamer
Novozymes, North America, Inc.

Kevin Dailey
Lallemand Biofuels & Distilled Sprits

Timothy Davies
Chief Technical Officer, Green Biologics, Ltd. Oxford, UK

Dr. Mimi Healy
healy2frye Consulting, www.healy2frye.com

Dr. Frank Milward
Merial Limited

Phil Van Trump
Director Process Development, Meredian, Bainbridge, GA