Dr. Patrinos joined CUSP from Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI) where he served as President and Senior Vice President for Corporate Affairs. SGI is a company applying the molecular biology tools of synthetic DNA to revolutionize several industries including vaccines, food, and renewable fuels and chemicals. Before SGI, Dr. Patrinos worked at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in several roles, most notably, overseeing biological and environmental research in the DOE Office of Science. His accomplishments include the launch and management of DOE’s portion of the U.S. Global Change Research Program and his contributions to the international effort known as the Human Genome Project (HGP). Under his leadership DOE contributed a significant part of the first complete sequence of the human genome. Dr. Patrinos also created the DOE Joint Genome Institute and launched the Genomes to Life program.
Prior to DOE, he carried out research projects in environmental science and in engineering at both Brookhaven and Oak Ridge National Laboratories. He was an Assistant Professor at the University of Rochester after receiving his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and Astronautical Sciences from Northwestern University. He received his degree in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens in 1970. A member and fellow of five professional societies, he has served on several committees of the National Academy of Sciences and is the recipient of three Presidential Rank Awards and two Secretary of Energy Gold Medals.