JBEI is a U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Research Center based in the San Francisco Bay Area. JBEI's mission is to advance the development of next generation biofuels – liquid fuels derived from the solar energy stored in the cellulosic biomass of non-food plants. The goal is to provide the nation with clean, green and renewable transportation energy that will create jobs and boost the economy. JBEI draws on the expertise and capabilities of four national laboratories, two University of California research universities and a leading scientific foundation. For a short video on JBEI go here >>
New Advance in Biofuel Production JBEI researchers have developed an enzyme-free ionic liquid pretreatment of cellulosic biomass that makes it easier to recover fermentable sugars for biofuels and to recycle the ionic liquid. more >>
Early Career Award
Plant Biologist Dominique Loque has been honored with a 2013 Department of Energy's (DOE) Early Career Award for his work in developing synthetic biology tools to engineer improved biofuels feedstocks. more >>.
Keasling Wins George Washington Carver Award Jay Keasling, Berkeley Lab ALD for Biosciences and CEO of the Joint BioEnergy Institute has won the 2013 George Washington Carver Award for innovation in industrial biotechnology, presented by the Biotechnology Industry Organization. This is the second time Keasling has been recognized by BIO, which in 2009 selected him as the first recipient of the Biotech Humanitarian Award. A pioneer in synthetic biology, Keasling has engineered microbes to produce a frontline antimalarial drug and biofuel substitutes for gasoline, diesel and jet fuel. He will receive his award and deliver a keynote address at BIO's annual meeting this June in Montreal. more >>
JBEI and SynBERC Honored The Joint BioEnergy Institute (JBEI) and the Synthetic Biology Engineering Research Center (SynBERC) have been honored for their innovative partnership offering real-world laboratory experience to high school students from under represented communities. more >>
Swords to Plowshares Researchers at JBEI are engineering plants with low xylan content and a higher proportion of cellulosic sugars for the production of advanced biofuels. more >>
DOE Renews JBEI The Department of Energy has renewed funding for JBEI for another five years at $25 million per year following strongly positive evaluations of its performance by outside peer review teams.more >>