User:Michael A. Speer

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Welcome to Mike Speer's User Page

Me hiking up Mt. Shasta. 6AM at tree-line.
My golf-disc recycling enterprise. Look for this stencil on the bottom of your discs. If it's there, then the disc was once in my possession and before that it was probably at the bottom of a water hazard.

Contact Information

  • The best way to reach me is by email: mike5p33r at gmail dot com
  • Phone (641) 471 - 4870.

Research Info

  • I've got a PhD from Penn State University, where I worked in the Richard Lab. It was excellent there.
  • After that I spent four years in Iowa, where I worked for Cargill doing fermentation research.
  • I currently do fermentation research for BASF's enzyme business in San Diego, CA.

Graduate Work

  • Development of a Silage Inoculant for Biological Pretreatment of Lignocellulosic Biomass.
    • Production of heterologous proteins in Lactobacillus plantarum.
      • Xylanases
      • Ferulic Acid Esterases
      • Laccases
    • Determination of ideal enzyme secretion levels based on a balance between production and survival
      • Optimization of endogenous beneficial enzymes (not regulated under TSCA)
    • Development of conditionally active expression/secretion systems for lactobacillus
    • Determination of optimal inoculation ratios between two recombinant species
    • Development of Aerobic/Anaerobic storage pretreatment strategies

Please check out our Protocols page for more information on exactly what I do.


  • Expect great things Spring 2011


  • Taught ASM 221 in Fall 2010
    • This is basically a broad engineering course for non-engineers
    • Topics included:
      • Circuits
      • Statics
      • Mechanics of Materials
      • Fluid Dynamics
      • Thermodynamics
    • It was a great time

Other Stuff

General Information

  • I graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Biological Systems Engineering in 2007.
  • I graduated from Penn State with a PhD in Agricultural and Biological Engineering in 2012.
  • I've got a wife and some kids. They're pretty good.


  1. Hiking
  2. Bicycles
  3. Motorcycles
  4. Playing with my kids
  5. Editing Protocols

Hobbies I used to have, but can't do anymore because I've got too much going on

  1. Windsurfing
  2. Skiing (on real mountains)
  3. Canoing
  4. Disc Sports (ultimate and frolf)

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Sites for Research

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