Charles earned a PhD from University of California at Berkeley, where he also developed a passion for craft beer. While honing his genetic engineering skills by day, he experimented furiously with homebrewing at night. He started Berkeley Yeast, a yeast genetic engineering startup, with the mission of working side-by-side with brewers to create new yeast strains that tackle some of their most persistent challenges. When not in the lab, find him climbing in Yosemite, skiing the backcountry, or descending a remote canyon in the Cascade mountains.
February 14th, 2022 | 48 mins 16 secs
As reported in Nature Communications, Charles Denby used CRISPR-Cas9 to successfully engineer brewers yeast to produce linalool and geraniol. We interview both Charles and Bryan Donaldson (Lagunitas) who oversaw the sensory analysis for this groundbreaking study.
October 12th, 2020 | 41 mins 44 secs
More engineered brewers yeast strains capable of "impossible" feats.