Lishan ZHAO
Research Fellow, Amyris, Inc., USA

Lishan Zhao, Ph.D., has over two decades of experience in developing technologies for the cost-effective production of bio-based chemicals and pharmaceuticals, and a proven track record of translating scientific success to valuable technologies and products. He is currently a Research Fellow, and Head of Enzymology and Protein Engineering at Amyris. Over the past ten years, Dr. Zhao has led a multidisciplinary R&D team and delivered improved enzymes as well as innovative technologies that enabled the advancement of Amyris’ synthetic biology platform and commercial-scale production of semi-synthetic artemisinin, an anti-malaria drug, and bio-farnesene, a renewable chemical precursor for a variety of bio-based products. Prior to joining Amyris, Dr. Zhao held research position at Diversa Corp (now BASF), where he led a number of successful internal and external projects focusing on developing biocatalytic processes for manufacturing active pharmaceutical intermediates. Dr. Zhao received his doctorate from University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, in the field of microbial pathway engineering and enzymology, a M.S in organic chemistry and a B.S in chemistry from Fudan University, Shanghai.  He has approximately 70 peer-reviewed papers, patents and patent applications.