Prof. Juan A. Asenjo is a chemical engineer from the University of Chile.
He obtained his PhD from University College London in 1978.
In his native Chile, he obtained the National Science Prize in 2004 and is currently president of the Chilean Academy of Sciences.
His research work in biotechnology is demonstrated through more than 200 international scientific publications, seven international patents and four books edited. He has supervised a large number of PhD students (52) in the USA, UK and Chile, and has had 17 postdoctoral fellows. He was associate professor and director of the Biochemical Engineering Laboratory at Columbia University (New York, 1980-1987) and established a similar laboratory at the University of Reading (Reader) in England (1986-1996).
He is a member of the editorial committee of seven international scientific journals in biotechnology and bioengineering. He has been chair of several international congresses (e.g. in France and the UK) and of the 12th International Biotechnology Symposium (2004), the leading event in the field that has only been held once in Latin America.
Asenjo’s former students are now professors and researchers in universities and research centres all around the world (including at Cornell, Iowa State, Rice University, University College London, Campinas and IPT, Guanxi Univ., Porto, Foster Wheeler, Smith, Kline Beecham, Amgen, Merck Sharp & Dohme, Wyeth, Procter and Gamble, Novo Nordisk, Antofagasta Univ., La Frontera and U. of Chile).
He is currently co-chair of the InterAmerican Network of Academies of Science (IANAS) and member of the Committee for Scientific Planning of the International Council for Science (ICSU).