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Ronald E Hector (Ron)

Research Molecular Biologist

Biography and Research

Ronald E. Hector – Research Molecular Biologist

Ron Hector has worked as molecular biologist at ARS in Peoria, IL since 2006. After receiving his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Ohio University and Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology from the University of Florida, he conducted postgraduate research on molecular mechanisms of DNA damage sensing and repair, and telomere length regulation at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute.  Currently, Dr. Hector is a member of a team of scientists that conducts research on the development of microorganisms and fermentation processes for the production of fuels and chemicals from agricultural materials (e.g., non-food crops and agricultural residues). The goals of his current research focus on metabolic engineering of the industrial yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae (also known as Brewer’s yeast) to increase conversion of biomass-derived sugars to fuel alcohols and higher-value chemicals which are typically produced from oil. He uses metabolic engineering, molecular genetic, and comparative genomics and transcriptomics methods to address these objectives.

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