Jay Keasling, a short-haired person wearing glasses, smiles for a headshot outdoors.

Artificial intelligence-driven design/synthetic biology

Genome engineering

Sustainable biomanufacturing


Techno-economic analysis

Student works with plant samples on a shelf. Masked scientist holding a vial. Two scientists sitting at a computer desk with instrumentation. Two scientists working on a plant root sample. Plane flying overhead. Long grass in front of a smoking factory. Green field in front of blue, cloud-filled sky. Exterior view of a glowing energy industrial factory at sunset. Deepti Tanjore, a person with long dark hair wearing a red top with black pattern, photographed against a gray backdrop.

Deepti Tanjore is Director of the Advanced Biofuels and Bioproducts Process Development Unit (ABPDU). Her research focuses on modeling the impact of bioprocess conditions on microbial heterogeneity and developing in-line analytical tools for real-time adaptation of process development in bioreactors.

Nathan Hillson, a person with short gray hair wearing a green, brown, and white plaid shirt, photographed outdoors.

Nathan Hillson's work has spanned the realms of the private (notably as co-founder and Chief Scientific Officer at TeselaGen Biotechnologies, Inc.) and public biotechnology sectors. He leads scientists and engineers whose domain expertise spans synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, microbiology, software engineering, and laboratory automation engineering.

Héctor García Martín, a person with short dark hair and a beard wearing glasses and a gray and white collared top, photographed against a gray background.

Héctor García Martín is a staff scientist in the Biological Systems and Engineering Division and director of data science and modeling at the Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI). His research focuses on developing predictive models of biological systems, in the intersection of machine learning, synthetic biology and automation.

Cartoon illustration of a person standing in front of rows of recycling and composting receptacles. Chang Dou, a person with short black hair and dark-framed glasses, photographed against a gray backdrop.

Bio-based plastics were invented to help solve the plastic crisis, but they often end up making waste management harder when mixed with traditional plastics at recycling centers. Berkeley Lab scientists are working with Google X to make it possible to recycle the materials together and convert them into valuable new products using a sustainable, biology-driven process.

Research Scientist and Deputy Director of Host Engineering at the JBEI Thomas Eng is using the gene editing tool CRISPR to create a more sustainable plastic.

What do advanced medicines, renewable fuels, vegan burgers, smart fabrics, petroleum-free plastics, and cruelty-free cosmetics have in common? They’re all produced with specially engineered microbes! Yep, microbes. In episode three, we explore the fields of science making this 21st century industrial revolution possible: synthetic biology and biomanufacturing.

Plant cells that look like rectangular boxes filled with green dots (chloroplasts) on a light background. An illustration imagining a future driven with biomanufacturing showing a street with storefronts, decorated with DNA double helices, that are supplied by large vials of blue liquid stretching above the buildings into the sky. Collage of biotal, a hand holding a plant, and a researcher holding up a recyclable plastic Sorghum at the Agronomy Field. Colorful, abstract nebulous image. View of highway at sunrise with a semi coming toward the viewer.