Jack Pronk

TU Delft
Track 1 | Biology of molecules, cells and tissues

Jack Pronk (1963) is professor in Industrial Microbiology and leads the Department of Biotechnology at TU Delft. His research aims to understand and improve microbial performance in industrial processes and integrates quantitative physiology, genomics, synthetic biology and evolutionary engineering. Jack (co-)authored 270 scientific publications and is an inventor on 25 patent applications. From 2003-2014, Jack led the Kluyver Centre for Genomics of Industrial Fermentation, a Netherlands-based Centre of Excellence. Results from research that he and his colleagues and students performed on engineering of yeast for biofuels production from agricultural waste streams and for increased product yields on sugar feedstocks are applied at industrial scale. Jack loves to teach and coach students and in 2015 he was awarded the TU Delft Best Professor Award (“Leermeesterprijs”). In 2018 Jack received the International Metabolic Engineering Award and in 2019 the Stevin Prize, the highest distinction for application-inspired research in the Netherlands. Read more