Lonnie Ingram

Emeritus Faculty

Description of Research

General areas: Global redirection of  central metabolism by genetic engineering,  Industrial fermentation  processes,  Carbohydrate metabolism,  Expression and secretion  of glycohydrolases which degrade plant polymers,  Alcohol tolerance

Our work focuses on the  genetic engineering of novel bacterial biocatalyst for the conversion of  lignocellulosic biomass into ethanol fuels and other fermentation products  which can replace imported petroleum. This work involves cloning and moving  genes between bacteria to add new and useful traits to ethanol producing  organisms, design of novel engineering processes for the production of ethanol  (and other chemicals), nutritional investigations, and the identification  of genes which contribute to ethanol tolerance.  Global gene analysis  is being used to investigate fundamental processes in metabolically engineered  bacteria.

Honors/Awards
    • NSF Undergraduate Research Award at Duke University, 1968
    • NSF Summer Fellowship at the University of Texas, 1971
    • O.B. Williams Award, Texas Branch, American Society for Microbiology, 1970
    • National Institute Drug Abuse and Alcoholism, Research Career Development Award, 1979-1983
    • Invited Lectureship at Gulbenkian Institute, Oeris, Portugal, 1982 (International course on alcohol tolerance in yeast and bacteria)
    • Vice-President, Florida Branch of American Society for Microbiology, 1985-87
    • President, Florida Branch of American Society for Microbiology, 1987-1989
    • U.F. Sigma Xi Senior Faculty Research Award, 1990 Commendation from the Florida Senate and House, 1991
    • Commendation from the U.S. House of Representatives, 1991
    • University of Florida Research Achievement Award, 1991 and 1992
    • U.S. Department of Commerce, Landmark Patent No. 5,000,000, 1991
    • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Distinguished Service Award, 1993
    • Distinguished Inventor Award, Florida Small Business Development Center, 1994
    • P.R. Edwards Award, Southeastern Branch of Amer. Soc. for Microbiol., 1996
    • University of Florida Professorial Excellence Award, 1996
    • University of Florida Research Foundation Professor, 1997-2000
    • Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology, 1998
    • invited guest, signing of Executive Order on Biobased Products and Bioenergy,     1999
    • Chairman, Fermentation and Biotechnology Division of the American Society of Microbiology, 2000-2001
    • Fellow, Society of Industrial Microbiology, 2001 Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences, 2001
    • Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences 2001
    • Elected, American Academy of Microbiology Board of Governors  2006-09
    • Invited Advisor to President George W. Bush on Cellulosic Ethanol  2007
    • Member, Advisory Group of the Florida Energy Commission on Renewable Energy 2007
    • C.D. Scott Award for distingushed contributions to the field of biotechnology for fuels and chemicals at the 29th Syposium on Biotechnology for Fuels andChemicals  2007
    • Member, Florida Governor’s Action Team on Energy and Climate Change  2007-2009
    • Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) 2008 Distinguished Scientist Award 2008
    • Recipient, The York Distinguished Lecturer Award 2008
    • UF FAES Award for more than $1M in grants in 2007-2008, 2010
    • UF FAES IFAS Award for Research Innovation 2010
    • UF FAES Award for Utility Patent Teams 2010-2011
    • Member, Florida Biofuels Association 2010-present
    • Top 100 People in Bioenergy, US. Biofuels Digest  2010
    • Member, Southeastern Regional SunGrant Center (Univ of Tennessee) 2011
    • Recipient, Wood Utilization Award (FL Society of American Foresters) 2011
    • Medalist, Florida Academy of Sciences 2013

Lonnie O. Ingram