2016 Food & Fuel for the 21st Century Symposium

La Jolla, California
Thursday, March 10, 2016


The 2016 FF21 Symposium will feature leaders from academia, industry, and policy speaking on a wide range of topics and issues relating to the research and commercialization of photosynthetic organisms for the production of biomass, bio-fuels, and other bio-products.

Fonna Forman, Ph.D. 
UC San Diego

Fonna Forman is founding co-director of the UCSD Center on Global Justice and the UCSD / Blum Cross-Border Initiative, and is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of California San Diego. Recent work focuses on climate justice in cities, on human rights at the urban scale, and civic participation as a strategy of equitable urbanization. She is an advocate for deepening university-community partnerships and is Vice-Chair of the University of California’s 2016 Bending the Curve report.

Margaret McCormick, Ph.D. (Keynote)
Matrix Genetics

Dr. McCormick is the C.E.O of Matrix Genetics and leads strategy, research, and operations of the company. She manages the Matrix Genetic's R&D operations and is a board member of the Algae Biomass Summit. Dr. McCormick received her Ph.D. in Biology from MIT and B.S. from University of Wisconsin, Madison.  
Tryg Lundquist, Ph.D.
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

Dr. Lundquist is an Associate Professor at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and he teaches wastewater reclamation, water treatment, water chemistry, and animal waste management. He also does research on natural wastewater treatment technologies such as ponds and wetlands, evaluation of algae-to-biofuel processes, and the San Joaquin Valley pollution issues. 
Krishna Niyogi, Ph.D. 
UC Berkeley

Dr. Niyogi is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute–Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation investigator. He is also a professor in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California, Berkeley and a faculty scientist in the Physical Biosciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Betsy Read, Ph.D
Cal State University, San Marcos

Dr. Read's area of specialization is Molecular Cell Biology. She is the founder/initiator of the Biotechnology program at CSUSM and teaches core courses for the major. Currently, she is working on the molecular mechanisms of calcification and coccolithogenesis in the marine algae, Emiliania huxleyi, and her general research interests lie in the area of functional genomics. Prior to her arrival at CSUSM in 1993, she was a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Microbiology Department at The Ohio State University.
Sarah Smith, Ph.D.
Scripps Institute of Oceanography 

Dr. Sarah Smith is a postdoctoral scholar in the Allen lab studying diatom gene regulatory networks. Sarah completed her BS in Biology at Santa Clara University and her MS in Marine Science at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. She then moved to San Diego to complete her PhD in Marine Biology at Scripps Institution of Oceanography. 
David Victor, Ph.D.
UC San Diego

Dr. Victor is a professor of international relations and director of the Laboratory on International Law and Regulation. His research focuses on highly regulated industries, such as electric power, and how regulation affects the operation of major energy markets.

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