BDI Distinguished Speaker Series - Maureen McCann | BioDiscovery Institute

BDI Distinguished Speaker Series - Maureen McCann

Event Date: 
Thursday, October 27, 2022 - 3:30pm
Eagle Student Services Center (ESSC) 255

Dr. Maureen McCann

BioSciences Center Director at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

AAAS Fellow

Location for both seminars is Eagle Student Services Center (ESSC) 255 with moderated Q&A to follow

  • Thursday Oct 27 3:30-5:00 PM: News from the Cell's Frontier

  • Friday Oct 28 3:00 - 4:30 PM: Growing the Bioeconomy - Can we Decouple our Economic Prosperity from Fossil Fuel Consumption?

Our BDI Distinguished Lecturer for fall 2022 is Dr. Maureen McCann, BioSciences Center Director at National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. Dr. McCann has a distinguished research record at the forefront of understanding how the molecular machinery of the plant cell wall contributes to cell growth and specialization, and to the final stature and form of plants. A current research trajectory is applying this expertise to groundbreaking advances in technologies that maximize the energy and carbon efficiencies of biofuel production by the rational and synergistic design of both physical and chemical conversion processes and the biomass itself.

Prior to joining NREL in 2020, Dr. McCann was a Professor of Biological Sciences at Purdue University and Director of Purdue's NEPTUNE Center for Power and Energy, funded by the Office of Naval Research. Dr. McCann also served as the Director of the Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio), an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE's) Office of Science. Within C3Bio, her lab explored synthetic biology and genetic engineering approaches to optimize cell wall and biomass structure for chemical conversion processes. Prior to joining the faculty at Purdue, Dr. McCann was a project leader at the John Innes Centre, a government-funded research institute for plant and microbial sciences in Norwich, United Kingdom, where she was funded by The Royal Society University Research Fellowship. Dr. McCann serves on DOE's Biological and Environmental Remediation Advisory Committee and she has served as President of the American Society of Plant Biologists. More information on Dr. McCann's exceptional contributions to bioenergy research and policy can be found at the NREL web site