AMADEUS PRIBOWO, Ph.D.
FACULTY OF BIOTECHNOLOGY

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 PhD 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

  • S Aslanzadeh, RA Kemal, AY Pribowo,. Strategies for characterizing compositions of industrial pulp and paper sludge. IOP Conference Series: Materials Science and Engineering 299 (1), 012037
  • Pribowo, A., Hu, J., Saddler, J. 15-16 November 2016. High Performance Hydrolysis with Enzyme Recycling: The Role of Soluble Compounds and Mono-component Enzymes in Enzyme Adsorption and Recycling. 2nd International Microbial Biotechnology Conference. Atma Jaya University. Jakarta, Indonesia. [Awarded Best Oral Presentation]
  • Pribowo, A. 24-25 October, 2016. Bio SMEs Empowerment and Growth. Johor International Bioeconomy Conference. Johor, Malaysia. [Oral Presentation].
  • Pribowo, A. 27 July 2016. A Roadmap for Developing Biorefinery Industry in Indonesia. FIKI Inachem 2016. Jakarta, Indonesia. [Oral Presentation].
  • Pribowo, A. 10 May 2016. Pretreatment & Enzymatic Conversion Technologies for Bioconversion of Oil Palm Biomass Waste. 5th Biobased World 2016: Chemicals and Plastics. Bangkok, Thailand. [Oral Presentation].
  • Dhillon, B., Feau, N., Aerts, A. L., Beauseigle, S., Bernier, L., Copeland, A., Foster, A., Gill, N., Henrissat, B., Herath, P., LaButti, K. M., Levasseur, A., Lindquist, E. A., Majoor, E., Ohm, R. A., Pangilinan, J. L., Pribowo, A., Saddler, J. N., Sakalidis, M. L., de Vries, R. P., Grigoriev, I. V., Goodwin, S. B., Tanguay, P., Hamelin, R. C. 2015. Horizontal gene transfer and gene dosage drives adaptation to wood colonization in a tree pathogen. PNAS. doi:10.1073/pnas.1424293112//DCSupplemental
  • Lam, P.S., Lam, P.Y., Sokhansanj, S., Lim, C.J., Bi, X.T., Stephen, J.D., Pribowo, A., Mabee, W.E. 2015. Steam explosion of palm residues for the production of durable pellets. Applied Energy. 141:160-166. doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2014.12.029
  • Lam, P.Y., Lim, C.J., Sokhansanj, S., Lam, P.S., Stephen, J.D., Pribowo, A., Mabee, W.E. 2014. Leaching characteristics of inorganic constituents from oil palm residues by water. Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research. 53(29):11822-27. doi: 10.1021/ie500769s
  • Bull, G., Pledger, S., Splittgerber, M., Stephen, J., Pribowo, A., Baker, K., Singh, D., Pootlass, D., Macleod, N. 2014. Culturally-driven forest management, utilization, and values: A Nuxalk First Nations case study. The Forestry Chronicle. 90(5):620-7. doi: 10.5558/tfc2014-126
  • Pribowo A. 2014. Enzyme-substrate interactions and their influence on enzyme recycling strategies as a way of reusing cellulases. Ph.D. University of British Columbia. Canada
  • 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
  • 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
  • Hu J, Arantes V, Pribowo A, Gourlay K & Saddler JN. 2014. Substrate factors that influence the synergistic interaction of AA9 and cellulases during the enzymatic hydrolysis of biomass. Energy & Environmental Science, 7:2308-2315.
  • 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.
  • Hu J, Arantes V, Pribowo A, Gourlay K, Saddler J N. 2012. How Improved Pretreatment And Enzyme Complexes Can Help Us Evolve From A Hydrocarbon Based Economy To A Carbohydrate/Biomass Based Society. Proceedings of the 55th International Convention of Society of Wood Science and Technology