Dr. Michael Koepke

Chief Innovation Officer

Dr. Michael Koepke is a pioneer and leader in synthetic biology. Michael has over 15 years of experience in biotechnology and is one of the awardees of the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award for Greener Synthetic Pathways by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Michael is an inventor of over 500 patents and has published more than 50 peer-reviewed scientific articles, including seminal studies providing a first genetic system and blueprint for anaerobic carbon-fixing microbes and carbon-negative biomanufacturing of fuels and chemicals.

Michael joined LanzaTech in 2009 and in his current role as Chief Innovation Officer, is responsible for LanzaTech’s genetic engineering platform and strain development programs. Michael has an adjunct faculty position at Northwestern University, and is a council member of the Engineering Biology Research Consortium (EBRC), in addition to other advisory and editorial board roles.