Kirsten Benjamin

Kirsten R. Benjamin, Ph.D., Vice President of R&D, Amyris

As Vice President of R&D and a member of the Research Leadership Team, Kirsten Benjamin heads the Biology Department at Amyris. Amyris is a successful pioneer in the high-technology, sustainable bio-based products sector, with a track record of quickly bringing novel fermentation products to market. The Biology Department includes Automated Strain Engineering, enzyme engineering, and microbial strain development. In previous years, Kirsten was Program Director for the Biofene program, technical lead and partner liaison for the Flavor & Fragrance program, and strain engineer for the anti-malarial Artemisinin Program. Over the years, Kirsten’s technical leadership and coordination between technology development in R&D and Manufacturing have aided successful technology transfer of over eight microbial strains and processes for large-scale manufacturing of multiple target molecules.

Prior to joining Amyris 14 years ago, Kirsten received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California at Berkeley, completed a postdoctoral research fellowship in genetics at the University of California at San Francisco, and was a senior research fellow in systems biology at the Molecular Sciences Institute.

Listen to the interview with Kirsten (published October 2021)

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