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Aristides A.N. PATRINOS

Senior Adviser, United States Secretary of Energy, USA

Aristides A.N. Patrinos, Ph.D., is currently a Senior Adviser to the United States Secretary of Energy and a Programs and Policy Advisor for Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI). Previously, he was the Deputy Director for Research of the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University’s Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (NYU-Poly) until August, 2015; now a consultant to CUSP.  He is also a Distinguished Industry Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering at NYU-Poly (currently on leave). 

Dr. Patrinos joined NYU-Poly from Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI), a privately held company founded in 2005 applying genomic-driven commercial solutions that address global energy and environmental challenges.  At SGI he served as President and as Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs.  Prior to joining SGI, Dr. Patrinos was instrumental in advancing the scientific and policy framework underpinning key governmental energy and environmental initiatives while serving as Director of the Office of Biological and Environmental Research in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science.  He oversaw the department’s research activities in human and microbial genome research, structural biology, nuclear medicine and climate change.  Dr. Patrinos played a historic role in the Human Genome Project, the founding of the DOE Joint Genome Institute and the design and launch of the DOE’s Genomes to Life Program, a research program dedicated to developing technologies to use microbes for innovative solutions to energy and environmental challenges.