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 Expert  728517

Expert in Microbial Fermentation, Industrial Microbiology, Biotechnology

Available for your Consulting and Expert Witness Needs

New Jersey (NJ)
Education Work History Career AccomplishmentsPublicationsConsulting Services Expert Witness

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Expert has led fermentation and strain improvement efforts for a variety of anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, statins, ion-channel inhibitors, and immunoregulant natural products produced by actinomycetes and filamentous fungi. Expert led development of the Glarea lozoyensis fermentation process for producing Cancidas®, first in class systemic anti-fungal.

Expert has established a robust, high-throughput (1000-2000) microbial screening platform using 24 deep well plates, commercially available liquid handing equipment (TECAN), bioassays where applicable, and high-throughput HPLC.

Expert has produced therapeutic and drug target proteins using E. coli, S. cerevisiae, transient transfection, hybridoma cultivation, and Pichia pastoris expression systems. Expert established and led small scale protein production team charged with providing 10s-100s mg of pre-clinical therapeutic proteins for evaluation (biophysical, PK/PD, efficacy). ˜350 proteins delivered during 18 month time frame. Established outsourcing partnerships for non-core activities.

Expert has worked on whole-cell biocatalysis processes for producing chiral intermediates, particularly keto-reductions. Expert developed (and patented) a Pseudomonas putida dioxygenase bioconversion process converting indene to the corresponding chiral diol, an intermediate in Crixivan®


industrial microbiology


antibiotic synthesis


biological process


fermentation technology


industrial fermentation


applied microbiology


bacterial contamination


microbiological broth


industrial process




E. coli




fungal yeast




yeast fermentation


Escherichia coli fermentation


bacterial culture


bacterial fermentation







Show Secondary and Basic Areas of Expertise
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: New York, New York;  Yonkers, New York;  Newark, New Jersey;  Jersey City, New Jersey;  Paterson, New Jersey;  Elizabeth, New Jersey;  Bridgeport, Connecticut;  New Haven, Connecticut;  Stamford, Connecticut;  and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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Beer & Beverage Technology, Chemometrics & Multivariate...
Bioenergy, Renwable Energy, Bioproducts, Agricultural...
Fermentation, Biotechnology, and Fine Chemical Products -...
Fermentation Development, Optimization, and Production of...

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1991   Ph.D.   Microbiology   Ohio State  
1984   BS   Biology, Chemistry   Norwich University   Summa Cum Laude

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2009 to


(Undisclosed Consulting Company)





Expert provides scientific consulting for the fermentation, industrial microbiology, biofuels, and biotechnology sectors.

1991 to 2008


Merck & Co.


Bioprocess R&D


Senior Investigator


Expert has experience with a diverse bioprocess development portfolio: fermentation and strain improvement for producing bioactive natural products (e.g., Cancidas®), therapeutic protein and monoclonal antibody production by cell culture and P. pastoris expression systems, whole-cell biocatalysis for the production of chiral intermediates, fermentation of pathogenic bacteria for polysaccharide vaccine development.

Career Accomplishments:

Society for Industrial Microbiology

Professional Appointments

In May 2010 Expert was voted president-elect of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and served as a director for SIM from 2006-2009. He also serves on the editorial boards of two peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (Springer) and Enzyme and Microbial technology (Elsevier).

Publications and Patents Summary

Expert is a contributing author on numerous peer reviewed papers, book chapters, patents, and published abstracts. Expert is also a sought after seminar speaker at conferences and universities.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Therapeutic Monoclonal Antibodies: From Bench to Clinic. Wiley, Inc.  
 - Biotechnology Progress  
 - Handbook of Industrial Mycology, Marcel Dekker, Inc.  
 - Handbook for Industrial Cell Culture  
 - U.S. Patent and Trademark Office  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • Expert is working with a start-up company to produce a sustainable biochemical by fermentation of a highly engineered E. coli strain.
  • Expert is working with a division of a large pharma company to produce antigens by heterologous expression in yeast.
  • Expert served as a fermentation expert witness in a Canadian litigation case. This inlcuded drafting an expert statement, responding to the expert statement of opposing counsel's expert witness, and examination and cross-examination in court.
  • Expert is working with a CRO to expand their small scale protein production capability.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Yeast expert for consulting on our natural skin products.
  • Expert for consulting on Fermentation applications and market potential.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding your expert consulting needs.  Expert is available for consulting to corporate, legal and government clients.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Expert was retained as a microbial fermentation expert witness in a Canadian litigation case. He wrote an expert statement, responded to the opposing counsel's expert witness' assertions, and underwent examination and cross-examination in court.
Recent Litigation Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Needed.
Click the green button above to contact Expert for a free initial screening call regarding expert testimony, litigation consulting and support, forensic services, or any related expert witness services.  A few litigation needs include product liability, personal injury, economic loss, intellectual property (patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright), and insurance matters.  Remember, your initial screening call to speak with Expert is free.

Additional Skills and Services:
Supplier and Vendor Location and Selection

While at Merck, Expert identified vendors to produce bulk plasmid for transient transfection, custom gene synthesis, and reagent protein production.


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