Kirsten R. Benjamin | AIChE

Kirsten R. Benjamin

Kirsten R. Benjamin, PhD, is a Senior Research Fellow in R&D Program Operations at Amyris, Inc. (Email:, where she engineered improved microbial strains for the semi-synthetic Artemisinin and Biofene projects, and directed the Biofene strain improvement project for three years. She has nine years of experience in industrial biotechnology, with expertise in microbial strain improvement, including synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, and multidimensional strain characterization. Prior to Amyris, she was a research fellow in systems biology at the Molecular Sciences Institute and a postdoctoral fellow in genetics at the Univ. of California, San Francisco. She earned a BS with honors, double-majoring in philosophy and molecular and cellular biology, from the Univ. of Michigan, and a PhD in biochemistry from the Univ. of California, Berkeley. She is a member of SBE and the International Metabolic Engineering Society (IMES).