EBI Leadership

 


EBI DIRECTORATE

The EBI Directorate is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the institute, providing administrative oversight and management direction.

Chris Somerville
Director
Dr. Somerville provides institute-wide research leadership for UC Berkeley, University of Illinois and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

Isaac K. O. Cann
Deputy Director
Dr. Cann is a Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois. He provides research leadership for EBI activities at Illinois and contributes to strategic planning institute-wide.

Paul A. Willems
Associate Director
Dr. Willems is a technology vice president for energy biosciences at BP.  He provides strategic input into research programs and integrates activities between EBI and BP.

Susan Jenkins
Managing Director
Dr. Jenkins leads institute-wide administration and oversees education and outreach, communications, intellectual property and IT at Berkeley.

Susan Thomas
Deputy Program Manager
Dr. Thomas oversees operations and administration at the University of Illinois.
 

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Executive Committee, made up of representatives from each partner institution, is the primary steward of the EBI’s mission implementation. It reviews and recommends the yearly research program and develops operating policies and practices. The research program requires the approval of the Institute’s Governance Board.

Chris Somerville
Director, EBI

Isaac Cann
Deputy Director, EBI

Paul A. Willems
Associate Director

Jamie H. D. Cate
Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UC Berkeley
Associate Professor of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

John D. Coates
Professor of Microbiology, UC Berkeley

Mark David
Professor of Biogeochemistry, Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
University of Illinois

Jonathan Ajo-Franklin
Staff Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Louise Glass
Professor and Associate Chair, Plant and Microbial Biology Department, UC Berkeley

Steve Long
Robert Emerson Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences, University of Illinois

Christopher Rao
Assistant Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Illinois

Sharon Rynders
BP Commercial Manager, EBI

F. Dean Toste
Professor of Chemistry, UC Berkeley

David Zilberman
Robinson Chair, Department of Agriculture and Resource Economics
UC Berkeley
 


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GOVERNANCE BOARD

The Governance Board has the responsibility to define, oversee, and review the implementation of EBI programs in the open component of research. It also appoints the EBI Director and Deputy Director.

 

The Governance Board has eight voting members, four of which are appointed by the University of California, Berkeley, and four by BP. The appointees must include at least one representative each from Berkeley, the University of Illinois, and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

 

In addition, the Governance Board has three ex-officio members, who may attend and participate in board meetings. The ex-officio members are the director, deputy director, and associate director.

Claude Steele
Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Berkeley

Graham Fleming
Vice Chancellor for Research, UC Berkeley

Horst Simon
Deputy Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Peter Schiffer
Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Charles Cameron
Head of Research and Technology, Refining & Marketing, BP

John W. Pierce
Chief Bioscientist, BP

Ahmed Hashmi
Global Head of Upstream Technology, BP

Phil New
CEO, Alternative Energy, BP      

Ex-officio
Chris Somerville
Director, EBI

Isaac K. O. Cann
Deputy Director, EBI

Paul A. Willems
Associate Director, EBI


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