Dr. Richard Sayre Speaks at PEEC March 21 on Next Generation of Biofuels

PEEC News:

The publis is invited to hear Dr. Richard Sayre present “Next generation biofuels: potential for enhanced energy efficiency and sustainability” at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 21 at the Pajarito Environmental Education Center, 3450 Orange St.

Dr. Richard Sayre of the New Mexico Consortium is a leading researcher in algae and plant cell metabolism. He is the director of the Biofuels project at the New Mexico Consortium working in conjunction with Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The NM Consortium’s new building is being built right now in the Entrada Business Park, next to the Los Alamos Cooperative Market.

Sayre’s talk is sponsored by Los Alamos Sustainable Energy Network (LASE Network.)

Sayre is a former member of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center where he served as the director of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Institute for Renewable Fuels (2008-2011.)

From 2005-2010, he was director of the BioCassava Plus Program funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and from 2009-2011, was director of the Center for Advanced Biofuel Systems a DOE Energy Frontier Research Center.

He is currently the Chief Technology Officer for Phycal, a start-up biotechnology company developing microalgal-based biofuel production systems. Sayre was formerly Chair of the Department of Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology at the Ohio State University.

He was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil during the spring of 2007 and was elected a Fellow of AAAS in 2011. Sayre received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and did post-doctoral work at Harvard University

The NMC Biological Laboratory supports cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional initiatives in Plant Biology and Biomedical Technology and Engineering. University faculty and researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory and across the world collaborate in our laboratory on global challenges in food security, medicine and sustainable energy.

The NMC Biological Laboratory will integrate and analyze genomic, phenomic, transcriptomic, proteomic and metabolomic data to form a complete picture of cell function.

Advances in technology allow us to integrate the infrastructure for a complete “omics” capability in one laboratory for the first time.

The collective expertise of the NMC partnership in the relevant scientific disciplines function sets us apart in this highly inter-disciplinary field. The NMC is uniquely positioned to deliver integrated ‘omics’ infrastructure and expertise and exponentially increase our understanding of cell function.

For more information, visit http://pajaritoeec.org/.


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