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Chris Somerville is the Philomathia Professor of Alternative Energy at UC Berkeley and Director of the Energy Biosciences Institute (EBI), a research institute at UC Berkeley, Lawrence Berkeley National Lab and the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign initiated with a $350M award from BP (

He was a professor at Stanford University and director of the Carnegie Institution for Science from 1994-2007 and a professor at Michigan State University from 1982-1993.

He has published more than 230 scientific papers and patents in plant and microbial genetics, genomics, biochemistry, and biotechnology. He is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, The Royal Society of London and the Royal Society of Canada.