Aristides A.N. PATRINOS
Chief Scientist and Research Director of NOVIM, Programs and Policy Adviser for Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI), USA

Aristides A.N. Patrinos, Ph.D., is the Chief Scientist and Research Director of  NOVIM and a Programs and Policy Adviser for Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI).  He recently was also a Senior Adviser to the United States Secretary of Energy (2015-2016). Previously, he was the Deputy Director for Research of the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University’s Tandon School of Engineering (2012-2015).  He is also a Distinguished Industry Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering at Tandon (currently on leave). 


Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI) is a privately held company founded in 2005 applying genomic-driven commercial solutions that address global energy and environmental challenges.  At SGI Dr. Patrinos served as Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs and as President (2006-2012).  Prior to joining SGI, Dr. Patrinos was instrumental in advancing the scientific and policy framework underpinning key governmental energy and environmental initiatives while serving as Director ofthe Office of Biological and Environmental Research in the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science (1993-2006).  He oversaw the department’s research activities in human and microbial genome research, structural biology, nuclear medicine and climate change.  Dr. Patrinos played a historic role in the Human Genome Project and was co-founder of the DOE Joint Genome Institute. He also led the expanded DOE Climate Change efforts and was a co-founder of the U.S. Global Change Research Program (1988-2006).  He was a researcher at Brookhaven National Laboratory (1980-1988) and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (1976-1980) and an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester (1975-1976).  He received his Ph.D. from Northwestern University in 1975.