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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.

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.


  • Jeff Lievense, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the CEO, Bioengineering & Technology, Genomatica
  • Rachel Dutton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Molecular Biology, UC San Diego
  • Jon Hansen, Ph.D., Chief Engineering Officer, Triton Algae Innovations
  • Tim Dodge, M.S., Senior Staff Scientist, DuPont
  • Michael Japs, Senior Director, Process Technology, Genomatica
  • Jason Ryder, Ph.D., CTO and Co-Founder, Miraculex
  • Jason Crater, Manager, Process Deployment, Genomatica
  • Joe Kurowski, Senior Brewing Manager, White Labs, Inc.

 For more information, please contact unexbio@ucsd.edu or (858) 534-6648.

Course Number: BIOL-40281
Credit: 2.00 unit(s)

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