Yeast and Renewables Reseach Archer Daniels Misland (ADM) (USA)
Charles Abbas is the Chair of the International Commission on Yeasts (ICY). He has served in this role since being elected in August 2012 for a 4-year term. He also has two academic appointments as an adjunct Professor in the Dept. of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering (BBE) at the U. of Minnesota in St. Paul, MN and as an adjunct Faculty in the Dept. of Food Science & Human Nutrition (FSHN) at the U. of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.
Charles received a B.S. in Microbiology from the U of Minnesota (Twin Cities), an M.S. in Microbiology from the U. of Montana (Missoula), completed the Ph.D. Biochemistry coursework requirements at the U. of Minnesota (St. Paul) and received a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Cell Science from the U. of Florida (Gainesville). After working as a post doctoral student at the U. of Florida (Gainesville), he began a 27 year career in industrial biotechnology first working at Difco R & D in Ann Arbor, MI as a senior scientist, and later as a group leader, manager and most recently as Director of Yeast and Renewables Research at Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in Decatur, IL, U.S.A.
Dr. Abbas is the author of over 100 abstracts, scientific articles, book chapters and reviews, patents and patent applications. He is considered a leading expert in yeast, large-scale industrial fermentations, and biorefining.