Dr. Joy Peterson

Joy Peterson
Dr. Joy Peterson is working on the next generation of biofuels, using termites as her inspiration of choice.

Dr. Joy Peterson joined the Microbiology Department at the University of Georgia in 2002. Her work explores using bioconversion to turn forestry residues and agricultural byproducts into specialty chemicals and fuel ethanol. Her current research explores the feasibility of building biorefineries in rural areas, where they can be coupled to existing forestry or agricultural operations, which have huge existing stockpiles of agricultural residues. Dr. Peterson is the founding director of UGA's Professional Science Master's Program in Biomanufacturing and Bioprocessing where students are trained in microbiology, biochemistry, biochemical engineering, genetics and process development, and are given a solid base in business aspects of the industry.