Adam Garske

Credentials: Ph.D. 2008 (Denu)

Garske works in the Nutrition and Biosciences division of DuPont, and has been there for the last nine years. At DuPont, Garske engineers enzymes for industrial applications such as use in laundry detergents (highlighted in the TED talk). This involves altering the amino acid sequence of the enzyme from what is found in nature to maximize performance in the given application. For the last several years, Garske has been working on proteases—enzymes that catalyze the degradation of other proteins. The goal is to create proteases that are highly active in laundry, stable and manufacturable. Ultimately, these enzymes enable laundry to be done without heating, which results in significant energy savings. View the TED talk called How designing brand-new enzymes could change the world.