Eric Singsaas Ph.D.

Professional Title
Materials and Bioeconomy Research Group Leader

Eric Singsaas joined the staff as the Director of the Materials and Bioeconomy group in 2016 after a fifteen-year academic career as professor of biology and forestry at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point. His scientific background includes the study of plant and forest responses to climate change and new biochemical processing of biomass materials. In Wisconsin he co-founded the Wisconsin Institute for Sustainable Technology, along with two startup companies in the bioeconomy sector. He currently leads a science and engineering research group that supports and develops new materials and energy products made from regional renewable resources.


  • Postdoctoral, Plant Biology, University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign, 1998 - 2000
  • Ph.D., Plant Physiology and Biochemistry, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 1992 – 1997
  • B.A., Biology, Concordia College – Moorhead MN, 1988 – 1992



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