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Heather Youngs is a Senior Fellow at the Energy Biosciences Institute at the University of California, Berkeley. She was an NIH post-doctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution for Plant Biology at Stanford and an Assistant Professor of Biochemistry at Michigan Technological University.

She has conducted research on both the synthesis and degradation of biopolymers. As leader of the EBI Bioenergy Analysis Team, her current role is to deeply understand the development of bioenergy technologies in the context of energy access and security, climate change, and long-term economic, social, and environmental sustainability.

In addition to a strategic role in the institute, she was a member of the California’s Energy Future Committee, and has participated in activities sponsored by the UN Environment Program (UNEP), the Scientific Committee on Problems in the Environment (SCOPE), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). You can follow her on twitter @phytophile