Susan Jenkins

Managing Director
Bakar BioEnginuity Hub

Dr. Susan Jenkins is Managing Director for the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub and the Bakar
Fellows Program, and as a member of the directorate she is involved in strategic planning
and management. In addition, she plays a key role integrating policy, outreach, and
education activities for these programs, while serving as a liaison to campus, state,
federal and international entities. Previously, Dr. Jenkins was the Managing Director of
the Energy Biosciences Institute, at the time the world’s largest public-private partnership
focused on sustainable approaches for bioenergy. She has extensive expertise in
developing innovative, multi-disciplinary research institutes to ensure that basic science
leads to transformative solutions. On an ongoing basis, Dr. Jenkins lectures and advise
on academic-industry partnerships, biotechnology, genome editing, and bioenergy, and
has served on advisory committees for foundations, institutes, and companies in the US
and internationally to help develop multidisciplinary initiatives to address issues relating
to the bioeconomy, bioenergy, sustainability, and climate change. Dr. Jenkins holds a
B.S. degree in Genetics from the University of California, Davis and a PhD in Plant
Molecular Biology from University of California, Berkeley, and a certificate in Executive
Management from Haas School of Business, where she also served as an instructor for
the NSF I-Corps Regional program.