Professor, University of Georgia Department of Genetics
Janet Westpheling is a Professor in the Department of Genetics at the University of Georgia. Her current research is focused on the development of genetic technologies for micro-organisms that convert lignocellulosic biomass to biofuels and industrial chemicals and is funded by grants from the Department of Energy. She is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Society for Biological Engineering, and associate editor for the Journal of Biotechnology for Biofuels, and was an author of the 2006 report from the National Research Council, “Review of the Department of Energy’s Genomics: GTL Program”. She is an Activity Lead and member of the BioEnergy Science Center, Oak Ridge National Laboratory/Department of Energy. She holds patents for microbial genetic technologies, is a two time recipient of the UGA Creative Research Medal, and is an active consultant to industries involved in the metabolic engineering of micro-organisms for the production of fuels, chemicals and pharmaceuticals.