Frances Arnold has joined Genomatica’s Scientific Advisory Board. Arnold, a professor of chemical engineering, bioengineering and biochemistry at Caltech, is an authority on protein engineering, directed protein evolution, enzymology and metabolic engineering. Her expertise will serve as a guide as Genomatica, a technology company in the chemical industry, advances. Genomatica is creating fermentation-based manufacturing processes and developing the efficient conversion of renewable feedstocks into chemicals, which will have a positive impact on sustainability and leave a smaller environmental footprint than conventional petroleum processes.

Arnold earned a BSE in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton in 1979 and a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the University of California-Berkeley. Over the course of her career she has received many honors, including, more recently, being elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology; and receiving the Charles Stark Draper Prize and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.