Nigel Mouncey

Nigel Mouncey

DOE Joint Genome Institute, Berkeley, USA


Data sharing to accelerate the bioeconomy


Dr. Mouncey joined the DOE Joint Genome Institute in March 2017 as the fourth Director in its 20-year history. He has a wealth of research and managerial experience from almost two decades in the Industrial Biotechnology private sector, as well as research expertise in secondary metabolites and synthetic biology. Dr. Mouncey has a long-standing interest in microbial genetics that started with his education and carried forward into his roles as a senior research scientist at Roche Vitamins, Inc. in New Jersey, DSM Nutritional Products in Switzerland and as Bioengineering and Bioprocessing R&D Director and Leader at Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis. During his time in industry, he directed R&D teams that focused on the discovery, development and commercialization of novel production organisms and fermentation processes for vitamins, insecticides, fungicides, platform chemicals, cosmetics and new crop traits. Dr. Mouncey has successfully built integrated and highly effective multi-disciplinary teams, and today, focuses on continuing to build and position JGI as a leading integrative and collaborative genome science user facility. In addition to serving as the institute’s director, Dr. Mouncey also leads the Secondary Metabolite Science Program and is a member of the leadership team of the National Microbiome Data Collaborative. Finally, he served as President of the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology 2022-2023.