Derek Wells

Derek Wells – Senior Scientist

DuPont Industrial Biosciences

Dr. Wells is a senior scientist at DuPont Industrial Biosciences, and has expertise in microbiology, metabolic pathway engineering, and protein engineering for a diverse array of industrial applications.  He currently leads the molecular biology team involved in engineering strains for grain ethanol fermentation.  He also leads the Biotechnology Development group, which is actively involved in the assessment of new technologies.  Previously, he was the molecular biology task leader for the BioIsoprene™ project, a research collaboration between DuPont Industrial Biosciences and the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company.  Dr. Wells received a BS in Plant Genetics from UC Berkeley and a PhD in Biological Sciences from Stanford University, with a focus on microbial physiology and genetics.