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Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences | Amadeus Yeremia Pribowo, Ph.D.

Amadeus Yeremia Pribowo,Ph.D was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and is an alumnus of Kanisius High School. He completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Microbiology and Immunology with a Minor in Commerce at the University of British Columbia, Canada in 2008. While pursuing his Master’s degree at the University of British Columbia he was offered a transfer to the Ph. D program which he accepted. His doctoral research is focused on the use of cellulase enzymes to convert lignocellulosic biomass to renewable sugars,     which can then be further converted into liquid fuels and various other chemicals. These fuels  and chemicals are renewable alternatives to the products we currently derive from fossil fuels.

  Dr. Pribowo is passionate about waste utilization for the production of renewable energy and   value-added products.

“I believe that Indonesia has a big potential to develop its renewable resources to achieve a more sustainable and green economy. I3L, with its focus on education and research excellence, provides an ideal platform to educate and train a future generation that is highly capable in life science and biotechnologies to develop a more sustainable and prosperous Indonesia.”

Researches and projects:

  • Renewable electricity production: a feasibility study to determine appropriate biomass combining heat and power technologies for power generation in an off-grid community using forest residues to displace the use of fossil fuel use.
  • Palm pellet development: research and development project to develop pellets from oil palm residues in collaboration with the Clean Energy Research Center (University of British Columbia) and the Palm Oil Industrial Cluster, Malaysia.
  • Waste liquefaction technology: an entrepreneurial study to develop a business plan to commercialize a real-world waste liquefaction technology from Denmark.
  • Antibody cloning: gene cloning projects to produce antibodies for therapeutic purposes.
  • Sepsis gene expression study: a research study to create a profile of gene expression during a course of sepsis, an autoimmune disease. 

Research publications:

  • Pribowo A, Arantes V, JN Saddler. 2012. The adsorption and activity profiles of specific Trichoderma reesei cellulase/xylanase components when hydrolyzing steam pretreated corn stover. Enzyme Microbial Technology. 50(3): 195-203
  • Pribowo A, Hu J, Arantes V, JN Saddler. 2013. The development and use of an ELISA-based method to follow the distribution of cellulase monocomponents during the hydrolysis of pretreated corn stover. Biotechnology for Biofuels. 6:80
  • Hu J, Arantes V, Pribowo A & Saddler JN. 2013. The synergistic action of accessory enzymes enhances the hydrolytic potential of a "cellulase mixture" but is highly substrate specific. Biotechnology for Biofuels 6:112
  • Pribowo A, Arantes V, JN Saddler. 2014. The influence of biomass derived soluble components on the adsorption and recycling of cellulase mixtures and their monocomponents. (In preparation)
  • Pribowo A, Hu J, Arantes V, JN Saddler. 2014. The influence of hydrolytic cleavage of cellulose by Auxiliary Activity family 9 (AA9) enzymes on cellulase/xylanase enzyme adsorption. (In preparation)
  • Pribowo A, Arantes V, JN Saddler. 2014. The influence of lignin and cellulose on individual enzyme adsorption and enzymatic hydrolysis of biomass substrates. (In preparation)