Professor, Chemical Engineering
University of California, Davis
Dr. Karen McDonald is a Professor of Chemical Engineering at the University of California at Davis. She received her B.S. from Stanford University, her M.S. from the University of California, Berkeley and her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park, all in Chemical Engineering. Professor McDonald’s research is focused on synthetic biology in plants, including the development of novel plant viral expression systems, as well as bioprocess engineering technologies and techno-economic modelling, to produce recombinant proteins (e.g. human therapeutic proteins, diagnostic reagents, enzymes for cellulose degradation, and bioscavengers for use as medical countermeasures against biothreats) using whole plants, harvested plant tissues or plant cells grown in vitro in bioreactors. She is a Co-I and Lead for the Food and Pharmaceutical Synthesis Division of a NASA-funded Space Technology Research Institute, the Center for the Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES), which supports biomanufacturing for deep space exploration.
Thursday, November 5, 2020
10:50 AM – 11:10 AM ET