Photochemistry and Biochemistry
Office of Basic Energy Sciences
U.S. Department of Energy
1000 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20585-1290
Phone: (301) 903-6190
Fax: (301) 903-0271
Dr. Richard Greene is Lead for the Photochemistry and Biochemistry Team in the Chemical Sciences, Geosciences, and Biosciences Division of the Office of Basic Energy Sciences, Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy.
Following various bench positions at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research, a USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) laboratory in Peoria, IL, he was selected Leader of the Biopolymer Research Unit. He served in that capacity from 1990 to 1999, where he directed a broad program of biochemical, biophysical, microbiological, and genetic research. Studies focused on interactions of natural polymers, particularly polysaccharides, with biological systems. During his tenure, the Biopolymer Research Unit generated several commercial products from bench discoveries and won two R&D 100 Awards.
In 1999, Dr. Greene moved to ARS Headquarters in Washington, DC, to work in the Office of International Research Programs, where he became its Director in 2003. In 2006, he came to DOE to manage the Energy Biosciences Program. When the Energy Biosciences Program merged with the Solar Photochemistry Program to form the Photochemistry and Biochemistry Team in 2008, Dr. Greene was selected Lead. The Team supports fundamental research on the molecular mechanisms involved in the capture of light energy and its conversion into chemical and electrical energy through biological and chemical pathways.
Dr. Greene is the author of over 80 peer-reviewed journal articles and patents. He served for 9 years on the Editorial Board of Applied and Environmental Microbiology. Other major honors include two USDA Secretary Awards, an Arthur S. Flemming Award, along with election as U.S. Representative to the Governing Body of the Agricultural Cooperative Research Programme, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).
Ph.D., Biochemistry, Cornell University, 1982
B.A., Biochemistry, Cornell University, 1976