Ken Reardon is the Jud and Pat Harper Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at Colorado State University. He holds joint appointments in the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program; the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology; the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology; and the School of Biomedical Engineering. He also has a joint appointment at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
Reardon is the director of the Sustainable Bioenergy Development Center and has served as the co-director of the Energy Institute at CSU. Reardon joined the faculty at CSU in 1988 after completing his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology and a year of postdoctoral research at the Universität Hannover as an Alexander Von Humboldt Fellow.
Reardon’s current research involves the analysis and engineering of bacteria and algae for the production of biofuels and other chemicals, applications of systems biology, biosensor development and bioprocess monitoring. His projects have been funded by more than $22 million in contracts and grants and have led to more than 150 publications and eight patents.
Reardon is an associate editor of Algal Research and on the editorial board of Microbial Cell Factories. In 2010, he founded OptiEnz Sensors to commercialize biosensor technology that had been developed in his group, and continues to serve as its chief technology officer.