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DOE-Funded Scientist Named 2006 Scientist of the Year.
Published: December 04, 2006
Posted: December 15, 2006

Jay Keasling of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has been named 2006 Scientist of the Year by Discover magazine for his contributions to synthetic biology and its use to integrate genes from different species into a microbe to fabricate a drug for malaria. Keasling engineered yeast to produce artemisinic acid, a highly effective antimalarial drug that is normally extracted from sweet wormwood in a slow and expensive process. This work has resulted in a $43 million award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Keasling is funded by DOE's Genomics:GTL program, not for his malarial research but for his fundamental research on how microbes respond to changes in their environment, information that will be important in developing biology based strategies for environmental remediation and bioenergy.

Contact: David Thomassen, SC-23, (301) 903-9817
Topic Areas:

  • Research Area: Microbes and Communities
  • Research Area: Sustainable Biofuels and Bioproducts
  • Research Area: Biosystems Design
  • Cross-Cutting: Lectures, Awards, and Recognition
  • Legacy: Medical Applications

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