Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)
Dr. Ramon Gonzalez is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) of the U.S. Department of Energy. His areas of technical focus include biological conversion of natural gas and other sources of methane to liquid fuels as well as direct synthesis of liquid fuels from carbon dioxide and energy sources (such as electricity and hydrogen). Dr. Gonzalez is also an Associate Professor in the Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering at Rice University, where he leads the Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic & Systems Biology Laboratory with the goal of understanding and harnessing microbial and cellular metabolism. The lab’s discovery that Escherichia coli can anaerobically ferment glycerol, laid the foundation for the development of technologies to convert glycerol to higher-value products. Dr. Gonzalez received the prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career (CAREER) award to conduct research in this area and the 2010 SDA/NBB Glycerine Innovation Research Award from the American Oil Chemists' Society. In 2007, Dr. Gonzalez co-founded Glycos Biotechnologies, Inc., with the goal of commercializing sustainable chemicals produced from diverse renewable feedstocks. Dr. Gonzalez has published over 50 articles in leading scientific journals and is the inventor in six patents or patent applications. He is also Senior Editor of the Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology and Member of the Editorial Board of Applied & Environmental Microbiology, Applied Biochemistry & Biotechnology, and Food Biotechnology. He served as Program Chair of the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) and is currently a member of the SIMB Board of Directors. Dr. Gonzalez received a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Chile, a M.S. in Biochemical Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (Chile), and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Central University of Las Villas (Cuba).