Jonathan Trent
Professor at U.C. Santa Cruz/NASA Scientist, Director, OMEGA Global Initiative

Speaker Profile

Currently the founding director of UpCycle Systems, a Senior Scientist at NASA Ames Research Center, an Adjunct Professor in BioMolecular Engineering at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.  After earning a PhD in Biological Oceanography at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, he conducted research at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry in Germany, Århus and Copenhagen Universities in Denmark, University of Paris at Orsay in France, Boyer Center for Molecular Medicine at Yale Medical School and Argonne National Laboratory in the USA.  Hired in 1998 for Astrobiology at NASA Ames Research Center, he initiated and led the NASA Protein Nanotechnology Group until 2007 when he formed the GREEN Team for Global Research into Energy and the Environment at Nasa.  In 2010, he led the NASA OMEGA biofuels project and in 2015 founded the OMEGA Global Initiative (OGI) as an NPO. In 2017, he formed UpCycle Systems (UCS) as an international corporation dedicated to food, water, and energy systems for Spaceship Earth and focused on revolutionizing food production by increasing productivity and profitability of livestock farms, while decreasing water and energy requirements and improving their environmental impact.  

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