Ramon Gonzalez

Dr. Ramon Gonzalez is a Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering and a Florida 21stCentury World Class Scholar at the University of South Florida (USF) where he leads the laboratory for Metabolic Engineering and Biomanufacturing. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology (JIMB). Before joining USF, Dr. Gonzalez was a Professor in the Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering at Rice University, the Founding Director of Rice’s Advanced Biomanufacturing Initiative, 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 prestigious scientific journals, he is the lead inventor in 25 patents/patent applications, co-founded Glycos Biotechnologies, Inc., and has given more than 100 invited talks. In addition to his role as Editor-in-Chief of JIMB, he is a Member of the Editorial Boards of Science, Applied & Environmental Microbiology, Biotechnology Journal, Metabolic Engineering Communications, and Applied Biochemistry & Biotechnology. He was the Program Chair of the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) and served as a Director in the SIMB's Board of Directors. Dr. Gonzalez has received numerous recognitions, including elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), AIChE Division 15c Plenary Lecture, ASM Distinguished Lecturer, SDA/NBB Glycerine Innovation Research Award, and NSF Faculty Early Career (CAREER) Award. He obtained 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).

Professional Experience

  • 2018 to present – Professor, Florida 21st Century World Class Scholar, Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering, University of South Florida, Tampa, Florida
  • 2015 to present – Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology
  • 2014 to 2018 – Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Department of Bioengineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • 2016 to 2018 – Founding Director, Advanced Biomanufacturing Initiative (iBIO), Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • 2014 to 2016 – Director, Energy and Environment Initiative (EEi), Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • 2012 to 2015 – Program Director, Advanced Research Projects Agency—Energy (ARPA-E), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Washington D.C.
  • 2011 to 2014 – Associate Professor, Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Department of Bioengineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • 2007 to 2011 – Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • 2005 to 2011 – William W. Akers Assistant Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Rice University, Houston, Texas
  • 2002 to 2005 – Assistant Professor, Departments of Chemical & Biological Engineering and Food Science & Human Nutrition, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
  • 2001 to 2002 – Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Microbiology and Cell Science, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida
  • 1994 to 1995 – Process Engineer, Marcelo Salado Sugar Mill (Formerly, Reforma Sugar Mill), MINAZ (Cuba's Sugar Ministry), Caibarien, Cuba
  • 1993 to 1996 – Research Associate and Lecturer, Center for Processes Analysis, Department of Chemical Engineering, Central University of Las Villas, Santa Clara, Cuba

Education

  • 2001 – Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, University of Chile
  • 1999 – M.Sc., Biochemical Engineering, Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile
  • 1993 – B.Sc., Chemical Engineering, Central University of Las Villas, Cuba

Awards and Honors

  • Elected Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), 2018.
  • AIChE Food, Pharmaceutical, and Bioengineering Division 15C Plenary Award, AIChE Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 2017.
  • American Society for Microbiology Distinguished Lecturer (ASMDL), ASMDL Program, 2015-2019
  • Keynote Lecture, Emerging Technologies in Clean Energy Keynote, 2014 AIChE Spring Meeting, New Orleans, LA, 2014
  • Keynote Lecture, Biofuels and Sustainable Energy Session, Division of Biochemical Technology, 247th ACS National Meeting, Dallas, TX, 2014
  • Invited Participant, National Academy of Engineering’s 2013 US Frontiers of Engineering Symposium. Wilmington, DE, 2013
  • Eugene Goldschmidt Lecture, Texas Branch American Society for Microbiology Spring Conference, 2011
  • SDA/NBB Glycerine Innovation Research Award, American Oil Chemists' Society, 2010
  • Hershel M. Rich Invention Award, Rice University, 2010
  • Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award, Graduate Student Association, Rice University, 2010
  • Distinguished Faculty Associate, Baker College, Rice University, 2009-2010 Academic Year
  • Hamill Innovation Award, Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering, Rice University, 2009
  • NSF Faculty Early Career (CAREER) Award, National Science Foundation, 2007
  • Visiting Professor, School of Biochemical Engineering, Catholic University of Valparaiso, Chile, 2004/2008
  • Graduated with distinction: University of Chile, 2001; Catholic University of Valparaiso, 1999; Central University of Las Villas, 1993
  • AgCI Fellowship, Ministry of Planning, Chile, 1996
  • First Prize. Cuban National Olympiad of Chemistry, Engineering Level. Havana, Cuba, 1989


CONTACT INFORMATION

Dr. Ramon Gonzalez

Professor | Florida 21st Century World Class Scholar

Department of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering

University of South Florida

ENB 118 | 4202 E Fowler Ave | Tampa, FL 33620

Phone: (813)-974-1223 | Email: ramongonzale@usf.edu