Phil Pienkos


Research Activity per Year


Research Interests

Molecular biology

Microbial physiology

Biochemical conversion process development

Fermentation development

Metabolic engineering

Enzyme and protein engineering

Techno-economic analysis

Professional Experience

Member of Board of Directors, Algae Foundation, 2013–present

Algal Biofuels Platform Lead, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO

Waste to Energy Platform Lead, NREL

Principal Group Manager, NREL, May 2011–present

Member of Board of Directors, Algae Biomass Organization, 2008–2013

Principal Research Supervisor, NREL, Aug. 2007–May 2011

Research Director, Molecular Logix, Inc., The Woodlands, TX, Feb. 2003–Aug. 2007

Interim Research Position, Advisys, Inc., The Woodlands, TX, Aug. 2002–Feb. 2003

Research Director, Enchira Biotechnology Corp./Energy BioSystems Corp., The Woodlands, TX, Oct. 1994–May 2002

Staff Scientist, Celgene Corp., Warren, NJ, May 1986–Oct. 1994

Senior Research Scientist, Celanese Research Company, Summit, NJ, June 1984–May 1986

Senior Research Scientist, Lederle Laboratories, Pearl River, NY, June 1982–June 1984

Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Microbiology, University of Texas, Austin, TX, Oct. 1979–June 1982

Engineer, Range Fuels, Inc., 2007–2009

Education/Academic Qualification

Bachelor, Honors Biology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

PhD, Molecular Biology, University of Wisconsin-Madison


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