Dr. Ramon Gonzalez
Dr. Ramon Gonzalez currently serves as a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E). His focus at ARPA-E includes biological conversion of natural gas and other sources of methane to liquid fuels as well as direct synthesis of liquid fuels from carbon dioxide and energy sources (such as electricity and hydrogen).
In addition to his role at ARPA-E, Dr. Gonzalez is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering at Rice University, where he leads the Metabolic Engineering and Synthetic & Systems Biology Laboratory. The lab’s discovery that Escherichia coli can anaerobically ferment glycerol, laid the foundation for the development of technologies to convert glycerol to higher-value products. Dr. Gonzalez received the prestigious National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career (CAREER) award to conduct research in this area and the 2010 SDA/NBB Glycerine Innovation Research Award from the American Oil Chemists' Society.
In 2007, Dr. Gonzalez co-founded Glycos Biotechnologies, Inc., with the goal of commercializing sustainable chemicals produced from diverse renewable feedstocks. Dr. Gonzalez has published over 50 articles in leading scientific journals and is the lead inventor in four patents or patent applications. He is also Senior Editor of the Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology and Member of the Editorial Board of Applied & Environmental Microbiology, Applied Biochemistry & Biotechnology, and Food Biotechnology.
Dr. Gonzalez holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Chile, a M.S. in Biochemical Engineering from the Pontificial Catholic University of Valparaíso (Chile), and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Central University of Las Villas (Cuba).