Past Members

Training Highly Qualified Personnel

Lead by Professor Jack Saddler, FPB is one of the world’s leading research groups involved in the development and promotion of bioenergy and bio-products. The group has been able to attract international expertise and 20 researchers from more than 15 countries. The international makeup of our group provides our members with exposure to energy issues of international relevance.
Where are they now?

FPB researchers, Post-Doctoral fellows and graduate students are part of a growing network of highly successful scientists. Some of the FPB alumni are the following:

  • Dr. Emmanuel Ackom, Senior Scientist (Technical University of Denmark)
  • Dr. Valdeir Arantes, Assistant Professor (University of Sao Paolo, Brazil)
  • Dr. Alex Berlin – VP of Research & Development (Novozymes)
  • Dr. Renata Bura – Associate Professor (University of Washington, USA)
  • Dr. Mina Chu – Assistant Professor (Jiangsu University, China)
  • Dr. Luis Del Rio – Research Scientist (FPInnovations, Canada)
  • Dr. Ali Esteghlalian – Principal Scientist and Product Manager (Verenium Corp)
  • Dr. Keith Gourlay – Research Scientist (Performance Biofilaments Inc., Canada)
  • Dr. Young Hoon Jung – Assistant Professor (Kyungpook National University, S.Korea)
  • Dr. Deborah Farias – Postdoc, Lecturer (UBC)
  • Dr. Jinguang Hu – Postdoc (Aalto University, Finland)
  • Dr. Nuwan Kapu – Postdoc, Lecturer (UBC)
  • Dr. Sergios Karatzos – Senior Manager, Project Development (Steeper Energy, Canada)
  • Dr. Linoj Kumar – Research Program Manager (Herty Advanced Materials, USA)
  • Dr. Warren Mabee – Director of Institute for Energy and Envir. Policy (Queen’s University)
  • Dr. Shawn Mansfield – Professor & Canada Research Chair (UBC)
  • Dr. Seiji Nakagame – Assistant Professor (Hokkaido University, Japan)
  • Dr. Xuejun Pan – Professor (University of Wisconsin, USA)
  • Dr. Ioannis Panagiotopoulos – Business Development Manager (Elin Biofuels, Greece)
  • Dr. Amadeus Pribowo – Program Manager, Biotechnology (Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences (i3L)
  • Dr. Luis Ramos – Professor (University of Sao Paolo, Brazil)
  • Dr. James Stephen – Research Associate (Queen’s University)
  • Dr. Fubao Sun – Associate Professor (Jiangnan University, China)
  • Dr. Maobing Tu – Associate Professor (Auburn University, USA)
  • Dr. Bin Yang – Associate Professor (Washington State University, USA)
  • Dr. Rui Zhai – Assistant Professor (Nanjing University of Science and Technology, China)
  • Dr. Xiao Zhang – Assistant Professor (Washington State University, USA)
  • Ms. Sabrina Burkhardt – Director of Chemical Development (Sustainable Fiber Technologies, USA)
  • Ms. Ling Li – Project Development Coordinator (Steeper Energy)
  • Ms. Mandy Lin – Product Support Associate (bioLytical Canada)
  • Ms. Carolina Chanis Morales – Business Development Director (Sustainability Innovations Services)
  • Mr. Colin Olsen – Process Engineer (Neucel)
  • Mr. William Cadham – Logistics Director (Skiis and Biikes)

We are currently in the process of compiling the list of all our alumni. If you would like us to include your name, please email us at