Brian H Davison
Chief Scientist for Systems Biology and Biotechnology
Brian H. Davison is a Corporate Fellow and Chief Scientist for Systems Biology and Biotechnology, Oak Ridge National Laboratory. He is the Chief Science Officer for the Center For Bioenergy Innovation (cbi.ornl.gov) from 2017-present. He was the Science Coordinator in the DOE Bioenergy Science Center (https://www.bioenergycenter.org/besc/) from 2007 to 2017. He is an Adjunct Professor of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering, University of Tennessee-Knoxville. He was Director of Life Sciences Division at ORNL (2004-2005). In his thirty-six years at ORNL, he performed biotechnology research including bioconversion of renewable resources (ethanol, organic acids, solvents), non-aqueous biocatalysis, extractive fermentations, biomass conversion and characterization, and catalytic upgrading of ethanol into fuels. He has 180+ publications and thirteen patents. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the California Institute of Technology, and his B.S.E. in Chemical Engineering, from the University of Rochester.
He led a multilab team which received an R&D100 Award in 1997 for “Production of Chemicals from Biologically Derived Succinic Acid,” a process ultimately licensed by BioAmber. The ethanol upgrading technology is licensed by Vertimass. He received the ORNL Technology Transfer award (2018). He was the ORNL Science Communicator of 2010 for efforts in bioenergy and education. He co-chaired the 15th to 26th Symposia on Biotechnology for Fuels and Chemicals. He received the 2006 C.D. Scott award by the Society of Industrial Microbiology. He is a Fellow of AIChE, SIMB, and AIMBE.
He is on the Board of Directors of the American Institute of Chemical Engineering (AIChE), 2020-2022. He is on the Board of the AIChE Society for Biological Engineering. He co-founded the ORNL LGBTQ+ group called PRISM at ORNL in 1995 and has served as spokesperson and chair to promote nondiscrimination and benefit policy changes. https://www.ornl.gov/news/biosciences-chief-scientist-corporate-fellow-reflects-trailblazing-lgbtqia-presence-ornl
He is chair of the ORNL Institutional Biosafety Committee since 2002.
United States Patent 9,938,467. awarded April 10, 2018