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George T. Bonheyo

George T. Bonheyo
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George Bonheyo is a senior research scientist in the Energy and Environment Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's Marine Sciences Laboratory in Sequim, Washington. He has over 20 years of experience applying genetic engineering and molecular microbiology to address challenges in national security, environment, human health, and biotechnology. He received his B.S. in biology from Bucknell University and his M.S. and Ph.D. in microbiology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. After graduation, he was a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellow and research faculty member in the UIUC Department of Geology, studying the geo-microbiology of carbonates and poly-microbial diseases in coral reef systems. During this period, he developed plans for and launched a startup biotechnology company, GeoBiologics, Inc., which provided novel products and services for microbial detection, identification, and enumeration. Dr. Bonheyo sold his stake in the company in 2005 and joined Pacific Northwest National Laboratory to focus on multidisciplinary research. Current programs span fundamental through applied research in medical and aquatic biofouling, antifouling technologies, biocorrosion, bioremediation, biological power sources, sensor development, and the transport, fate, and detection of bio-signatures. He is a member of two national intelligence panels related to biosecurity and has authored technology forecasts and reviews on the security implications of emerging fields in biotechnology.

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