2014 Devon Walter Meek Lecture

2014 Meek Lecturer: Professor Jay D. Keasling

Professor Jay D. Keasling
Professor Jay D. Keasling

The 2014 Meek Lecturer is Professor Jay D. Keasling, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Director, Physical Biosciences Division, LBL and Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center, CEO, Joint BioEnergy Institute.

Jay Keasling received his B.S. in Chemistry and Biology from the University of Nebraska in 1986; his Ph. D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1991; and did post-doctoral work in Biochemistry at Stanford University from 1991-1992. Keasling joined the Department of Chemical Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley as an assistant professor in 1992, where he is currently the Hubbard Howe Distinguished Professor of Biochemical Engineering. Keasling is also a professor in the Department of Bioengineering at Berkeley, a Sr. Faculty Scientist and Associate Laboratory Director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Chief Executive Officer of the Joint BioEnergy Institute. Dr. Keasling's research focuses on engineering microorganisms for environmentally friendly synthesis of small molecules or degradation of environmental contaminants. Keasling's laboratory has engineered bacteria and yeast to produce polymers, a precursor to the anti-malarial drug artemisinin, and advanced biofuels and soil microorganisms to accumulate uranium and to degrade nerve agents.

Schedule of Events:

May 28, 2014

4:00pm Lecture in 1015MP
Life 2.0: Engineering Biology for Sustainable Development
Poster Session and Reception in PRB Atrium following Lecture

May 29, 2014

1:30pm Lecture in 1008EL
Engineering microbial hydrocarbon metabolism for production of advanced fuels and chemicals

The Devon Walter Meek Lectures

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Devon Walter Meek was born in Kentucky in 1936. He earned his bachelor's degree from Berea (Kentucky) College in 1958, and master's and doctoral degrees in chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1960 and 1961, respectively. He joined the faculty of the Chemistry Department at The Ohio State University in 1961. After 27 years of dedicated service, Professor Meek retired on November 1, 1988, having also served as Chairman of the Department of Chemistry from 1977 to 1981 and from 1986 until his retirement. Dr. Meek passed away on December 7, 1988, at age 52.

Dr. Meek's research specialties included studies of transition metal complexes and the homogeneous catalysis and activation and stabilization of small molecules by transition metal complexes of polyphosphine ligands.

Devon W. Meek Industrial Lectureship was begun in 1989. Faculty of the Chemistry Department choose a distinguished industrial researcher, who gives two lectures, one typically on a scientific topic of current social relevance. Also, as part of the Meek Lecture, undergraduate researchers in the Chemistry Department present their research to the faculty, staff, students and invited guests.

This Lectureship is designed to be an ongoing tribute to Dr. Meek's distinguished career of research, teaching, and service. It especially recognizes his untiring efforts to establish industrial/academic ties and to encourage students to pursue careers in chemistry.