Dr. Jian Yu graduated from University of British Columbia (PhD, 1991), Zhejiang University (MSc, 1985) and Zhejiang Institute of Technology (BEng, 1982). He was an assistant professor at Hong Kong University of Science & Technology (1994-2001) and is now a researcher (research professor) at University of Hawaii at Manoa (2001-present). His research is primarily focused on bioprocess and biochemical engineering for production of valuable products including bioplastics, biobased chemicals and alternative fuels from renewable resources. He has published 81 research papers in peer-reviewed journal as the first and/or corresponding author, in addition to 8 book chapters and numerous conference papers and presentations. His Google Scholar H-index is 29 with more than 3750 citations. He is the inventor of 5 patents that have been licensed to companies. One technology has been successfully scaled up for commercial production of bioplastics from industrial byproducts and wastes.