Dr. Ramon Gonzalez is a Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering and a Florida 21st Century World Class Scholar at the University of South Florida (USF) where he leads the laboratory for Metabolic Engineering and Biomanufacturing. Dr. Ramon Gonzalez is a Professor in the Department of Chemical & Biomedical Engineering and a Florida 21st Century World Class Scholar at the University of South Florida (USF) where he leads the laboratory for Metabolic Engineering and Biomanufacturing. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Industrial Microbiology & Biotechnology (JIMB). Before joining USF, Dr. Gonzalez was a Professor in the Departments of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering and Bioengineering at Rice University, the Founding Director of Rice’s Advanced Biomanufacturing Initiative, and from 2012 to 2015 served as Program Director with the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) of the U.S. Department of Energy. Dr. Gonzalez’s work has been published in prestigious scientific journals, he is the lead inventor in 25 patents/patent applications, co-founded Glycos Biotechnologies, Inc., and has given more than 100 invited talks. In addition to his role as Editor-in-Chief of JIMB, he is/has been a Member of the Editorial Boards of Science, Applied & Environmental Microbiology, Biotechnology Journal, Metabolic Engineering Communications, and Applied Biochemistry & Biotechnology. He was the Program Chair of the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) and served as a Director in the SIMB's Board of Directors. Dr. Gonzalez has received numerous recognitions, including elected Fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), AIChE Division 15c Plenary Lecture, ASM Distinguished Lecturer, SDA/NBB Glycerine Innovation Research Award, and NSF Faculty Early Career (CAREER) Award. He obtained a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Chile, an M.S. in Biochemical Engineering from the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaíso (Chile), and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the Central University of Las Villas (Cuba).