Juan A. Asenjo, Ph.D.
Juan A. Asenjo. Chemical Engineer from University of Chile and PhD from University College London (1978). Asenjo received the National Sciences Award in 2004. President of the Chilean Academy of Sciences (2010-2016). His work in biotechnology is one of the most prominent on the field, with more than 210 papers in international journals, the registry of 7 international patents and the edition of 4 specialized books. Asenjo has also created and directed first-line research centres in biotechnology and bioengineering in United States, United Kingdom and in Chile, where he currently resides. In Chile, Juan Asenjo is the founder and director of the Centre for Biotechnology and Bioengineering (CeBiB).
Asenjo has guided more than 50 post graduate students in their doctoral thesis, in United States, United Kingdom and Chile. He was Professor and Director of the Biochemistry Engineering Lab at Columbia University (New York, 1980-1987) and holded the same position at the University of Reading, England (1986-1996). Asenjo is member of the editorial committees of seven renown international journals and he is the only engineer that has obtained a Presidential Chair in Sciences in Chile (1997).
Asenjo has been chairman of several international congresses (including events organized in France and England) and was also Chairman of the 12th International Symposium of Biotechnology in 2004, the only time that has been hosted in Latinamerica.
His former students are now professors and researchers in universities and centres around the world, such as Cornell University, Iowa State University, Rice University, University College London, Campinas and IPT University, Guanxi University, and companies such as Porto, Foster Wheeler, Smithkline Beecham, Amgen, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Wyeth, Procter and Gamble, Novo Nordisk, University of Antofagasta, University of La Frontera, University of Santiago de Chile and University of Chile.
He is currently Co-Chair -with Mike Clegg- of the NAS at the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Science (IANAS) and he is also member of the Committee of Scientific Planning and Review (CSPR) at the International Council for Science (ICSU) in Paris. Asenjo is member of the Executive Committee at the InterAcademy Panel (IAP), an organization with more than 100 international science academies.