David obtained a Ph.D. in microbiology from Rhodes University and held academic positions at a number of universities in South Africa before moving to New Zealand in 1989. He was Professor and Head of Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Dean of the School of Medical Sciences at the University of Otago before retiring in 2007. David is a world leading expert on solventogenic Clostridia and their industrial application for the production of acetone, butanol and ethanol (ABE).
Science Advisory Board
Green Biologics’ SAB includes:
Peter is Professor of Microbiology and Head of the Department of Microbiology and Biotechnology at the University of Ulm in Germany with more than 30 years of experience in the field of Clostridia physiology and genetics. He serves as an editor of Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology and was editor and senior editor as well as editorial board member of FEMS Microbiology Reviews, Journal of Molecular Microbiology and Biotechnology, Genome Letters, and Applied and Environmental Microbiology. He is the author and co-author of more than 100 research articles and reviews as well as being editor of the books 'CRC Handbook on Clostridia', 'Clostridia-Biotechnology and Medical Applications', 'Nucleic Acids Isolation Methods', and 'Regulatory Networks in Prokaryotes'.
Shang-Tian (S.T.) is a Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, Biochemistry Graduate Program, and Food Science & Technology at The Ohio State University. S.T. has been involved in bioprocessing research for more than 25 years, and has 10 related patents. He is a world-renowned expert on Clostridium organisms and high productivity fermentation. During his 25 years at OSU, S.T. has supervised many research projects on novel processes for value-added products from food wastes, including metabolic engineering of anaerobic bacteria for butyric acid and butanol production, extractive fermentation for production of carboxylic acids, and novel bioreactor design and process scale up. S.T. received his Ph.D. degree from Purdue University (1984) and has published more than 150 journal papers, proceeding articles, and book chapters.
David Ramey is the founder of butylfuel™ LLC and a scientific advisor to the company. David received the "Technologist of the Year" award in 1996 from the Ohio Academy of Science for his pioneering efforts to bring biobutanol to the market. David is a physicist by training with degrees in physics and mathematics from San Diego State University. In 2005, Mr. Ramey demonstrated the efficacy of biobutanol as a motor fuel to replace gasoline when he drove more than 10,000 miles across the U.S. in an unmodified 1992 Buick Park Avenue running on pure butanol to promote the advantages of biobutanol.
Joy is Director of the Biofuels, Biopower, and Biomaterials Initiative (B3I) at the University of Georgia, a Professor in the Microbiology Department, and a member of the Faculty of Engineering at the UGA. Joy received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia and her Ph.D. from the University of Florida under the direction of Dr Lonnie Ingram. She has an active research laboratory at UGA and she also consults regularly for industry and the investment community. Joy was the Chair of the Fermentation and Biotechnology Division of the American Society for Microbiology 2008-2009 and is currently the Division Advisor.