Dr. Ramon Gonzalez is a professor in the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University. He leads the Laboratory for Metabolic Engineering and Biomanufacturing with the goal of engineering biological platforms for the synthesis of organic molecules with applications in fuel, chemical and pharmaceutical production. Dr. Gonzalez is also the founding director of Rice’s Advanced Biomanufacturing Initiative (iBIO), the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology (JIMB), and from 2012 to 2015 served as program director with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) of the U.S. Department of Energy.
Dr. Gonzalez’s work has been published in many prestigious scientific journals, including Nature, Nature Biotechnology, Science, Nature Chemical Biology, Metabolic Engineering, ACS Synthetic Biology. He is the lead inventor in 25 patents and patent applications, co-founded Glycos Biotechnologies, Inc., and has given about 100 invited talks. In addition to his role as editor-in-chief of JIMB, Dr. Gonzalez is also a member of the editorial board of Science, Applied & Environmental Microbiology, Biotechnology Journal, Metabolic Engineering Communications, Applied Biochemistry & Biotechnology, and Food Biotechnology. He was the program chair of the 2011 annual meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB), served as a director in the SIMB's board of directors, and recently served as director of the Rice Energy and Environment Initiative.
Dr. Gonzalez received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of Chile, an M.S. in biochemical engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (Chile), and a B.S. in chemical engineering from the Central University of Las Villas (Cuba).