Quality Assurance and Control

Microbial Fermentation Workshop

Developed in partnership with UC San Diego's Division of Biological Sciences, this 3-day workshop is designed to provide a deep dive into bioreactor principles and bioprocess development. You will be equipped with the fundamental knowledge and practical skills needed to design, develop, optimize, control, scale-up, analyze, and troubleshoot your fermentation processes. Five case studies allow attendees to practice what they have learned. A “Fermentation Firing Line” provides a lively, open ended forum for attendees to pose questions to the instructional team on any fermentation-related subject.

Also included...Site visit and fermenter demonstration at White Labs!

Workshop Objectives:

  • Understand the biological principles behind microbial metabolism, growth, and genetic modification
  • Review the principles behind bioreactor design, operation, monitoring control, and scale up
  • Learn how to improve fermentation performance through statistical design and analysis of experiments
  • Learn a structured approach to downstream bioprocess design
  • Learn how to carry out economic analysis of bioprocess operating and capital costs
  • Solve real-world, industrial fermentation problems

Who Should Attend?
The workshop is intended for scientific, engineering, and business professionals with some prior fermentation-related experience.


  • James Golden, Ph.D., Professor, UC San Diego
  • Jeff Lievense, Ph.D., Senior Engineering Fellow, Genomatica
  • Jon Hansen, Ph.D., Sr. Technical Director, DSM
  • Tim Dodge, M.S., Sr. Staff Scientist, DuPont
  • Michael Japs, Process Development Engineer, Genomatica
  • Stephen Kennedy, MBA, SVP Technical Operations, Histogenics

Course Number: BIOL-40281   Credit: 2 units in Biology

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There are no sections of this course currently scheduled. Please contact the Science & Technology department at (858) 534-9353 or for information about when this course will be offered again.