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Dr. Steven A. Benner

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Founder and President

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Local Address:  Gainesville , Florida , United States
Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution
13709 Progress Blvd. Box 7
Alachua , Florida 32615
United States

Company Description: FfAME provides an innovative environment to host the scientific and technological research of a small group of selected computational, molecular and life...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Founder
    Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology
  • Fellow
    Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology
  • Founder
    Westheimer Institute of Science and Technology
  • Fellow
    Westheimer Institute of Science and Technology


  • PhD , Chemistry
    Harvard University
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Researchers led by Steven ..., 9 Feb 2015 [cached]
Researchers led by Steven Benner of the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution used ancestral primate DNA to resurrect versions of the first enzyme encountered in the digestive tract that catalyzes alcohol digestion.
Steven Benner, PhD, ..., 28 Jan 2015 [cached]
Steven Benner, PhD, scientific consultant, is currently the founder and President of the Foundation For Applied Molecular Evolution, Dr. Benner received his PhD in Chemistry from Harvard University after graduating in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry at Yale University. In 1991, he helped found evolutionary bioinformatics, launched one of the first web-based bioinformatics servers with Gaston Gonnet, generated the first naturally organized protein sequence databases, and helped develop the MasterCatalog that generated ca. $4 million in sales. Dr Benner established paleomolecular biology, where researchers resurrect ancestral proteins from extinct organisms for study in the laboratory. He invented dynamic combinatorial chemistry, combining ideas from molecular evolution, enzymology, analytical chemistry, and organic chemistry to generate a strategy to discover small molecule therapeutic leads. Dr. Benner initiated synthetic biology as a field : the Benner group was the first to synthesize a gene for an enzyme, and used organic synthesis to prepare the first artificial genetic systems, with outcomes actually applied in the therapy of HIV and hepatitis B & C. These systems also support the first artificial chemical system capable of Darwinian evolution. Along his career, Dr. Benner was distinguished with many awards among which : the National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, the Anniversary Prize from the Federation of European Biochemical Societies in 1993, the Nolan Summer Award in 1998, the B. R. Baker Award in 2001, and the Sigma Xi Senior Faculty Award 2005.
Steve Benner, a prominent ..., 9 Dec 2014 [cached]
Steve Benner, a prominent biological chemist at the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution in Florida, said it was quite relevant because it produced the starting material that would have been around in an early Earth.
Steve Benner of The ..., 23 April 2014 [cached]
Steve Benner of The Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology in Florida believes that life on Earth might have started on Mars.
Moorestown Friends School News, 8 May 2009 [cached]
The students were honored at a May 7 dinner where they heard from keynote speaker Dr. Steven A. Benner, who graduated from MFS in 1972. Benner is the founder of the Foundation for Applied Molecular Evolution and the Westheimer Institute for Science and Technology. He and his organizations are considered contenders to win the Archon X Prize, a competition designed to reward the scientists to first achieve rapid sequencing of the human genome.
When he was in the Upper School at MFS, Benner became the first student inducted into the Cum Laude Society as a junior. He was a mainstay of the debating team, President of the Student Council and a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
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