Chris Somerville

    • Chris Somerville's details
      • Country: USA
      • Region: California
      • Studies: Director
      • University: Energy Biosciences Institute
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    Chris Somerville is the Director of the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), a research institute supported with a $350M award from the energy company BP (  He is the Philomathia Professor in Alternative Energy at UC Berkeley. He was a professor at StanfordUniversity and director of the Carnegie Institution for Science from 1994-2007 and a professor at MichiganStateUniversity from 1982-1993.  He has published more than 230 scientific papers and patents in plant and microbial genetics, genomics, biochemistry, and biotechnology.  He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and The Royal Society of London and has received numerous scientific awards. He cofounded six scientific journals and three biotechnology companies.