Beth Conerty joined IBRL in December 2017 as the Business Development Manager, and has a joint appointment with the FSHN-PPP. She is working to grow relationships with industry and help bring projects into the two facilities. Beth has a Bachelor’s in Chemistry and a Professional Science Master’s in Bioenergy from University of Illinois. She has a doctorate in Energy Science and Engineering from the University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Lab. Her work in the BioEnergy Sciences Center focused on genetically engineering non-model microorganisms for better biofuel and bioproduct production from lignocellulosic feedstocks. Previously, Beth was the Program Lead for Entrepreneurial Support and Development at Oak Ridge National Lab where she helped technical startup companies access the national lab resources.