Kyriacos Zygourakis is the A.J. Hartsook Professor and Chair of the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. He also holds a joint appointment in the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University. Professor Zygourakis studied chemical engineering in the National Technical University of Athens, Greece, and received his Ph.D. degree from the University of Minnesota in 1981. His research interests include several important areas in bioengineering and chemical reaction engineering. Applied mathematics, computer simulations, video microscopy, and digital image processing are integral parts of his research methodology. His current efforts focus on cellular engineering, the development of multiscale models that describe the growth of heterogeneous cell populations under conditions that lead to strong mass transport limitations, the development of sustainable processes for carbon sequestration through biochar soil amendment, and the sustainable production of chemicals and fuels from biomass. Professor Zygourakis has published more than 120 articles in refereed journals, has contributed several book chapters, has numerous conference proceedings articles or abstracts, and is the primary author of one US patent. Current and past support for his research has come from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health (NIGMS), the US Department of Energy, National Space and Aeronautics Administration, and private foundations. Professor Zygourakis has served on the Texas Council on Environmental Technology and has chaired or participated in several committees of professional organizations.
Biography Updated on 15 July 2012