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Life Science Research Professional, Resource Recovery Center
BioDr. Nils Averesch is Academic Staff in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (Criddle-Lab), and Co-Investigator of the Center for Utilization of Biological Engineering in Space (CUBES). Supported by the Stanford Natural Gas Initiative (NGI), Nils researches the biomanufacturing of advanced biomaterials from sustainable feedstocks, such as the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide and methane.
More specifically, this comprises the optimization of biochemical pathways for increaser carbon efficiency and rational design and construction of microbial cell factories for production of high-performance consumable and durable goods. His goal is to create a sustainable chemical industry on Earth “on the way” to new frontiers, by developing biological production platforms that can support human long-duration space-exploration missions.
Before joining Stanford, Nils was a contract researcher at NASA Ames Research Center (California) as Associate Scientist with Universities Space Research Association (USRA), where he led the Synthetic Biology task. He holds a PhD in Metabolic Engineering from the University of Queensland (Australia) and an engineer’s degree (Dipl. Ing.) in Biochemical Engineering, from the Technical University of Dortmund (Germany).