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Conference speaker

 Nichole Fitzgerald


Nichole Fitzgerald

Program Manager

U.S. Department of Energy, USA

Dr. Nichole Fitzgerald is the Advanced Algal Systems (AAS) and Feedstock Technologies (FT) Program Manager in the Bioenergy Technologies Office (BETO) at the U.S. Department of Energy.

Nichole is passionate about finding ways to get renewable carbon into the materials we use daily and has pioneered several bioproduct and functional replacement initiatives for BETO. As the Program Manager for the AAS and FT Programs, Nichole oversees $80M in annual appropriations aimed at advancing the state of technology for algal biofuels production and feedstock supply and logistics. Prior to her current role, Nichole developed new initiatives for BETO including BOTTLE(opens in new tab/window), which develops new biobased recycling and upcycling technologies; ChemCatBio(opens in new tab/window), an Energy Materials Network consortium focused on catalysis for bioenergy applications; and BioESep(opens in new tab/window), a national lab-led consortium on separations for bioenergy. Nichole served as an AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow at BETO and was an NIH post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley where she developed highly effective reagents for pharmaceutical applications. Nichole earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Stanford University and a B.S. in Chemistry from the College of William and Mary.