Raul J. Cano, Ph.D.


Dr. Raul Cano is Professor Emeritus at the Biological Sciences Department, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Dr. Cano is the founder and Director the Environmental Biotechnology Institute (EBI). Dr. Cano raised $5.6 million to build new research facilities for the EBI and to establish new research programs. He manages a $750,000 a year budget and directs a team of scientists and students in environmental and biotechnology-related research. As founding Scientist of Ambergene Corporation, he directed the isolation and characterization of more that 1,200 ancient microorganisms from amber, including 9 ancient yeasts, four of which are brewer’s yeasts. His management skills include Director of the EBI (1996-present), Chief Scientific Officer of Ambergene Corporation (1993-1997), and President and Founder of Environmental Diagnostics, (2001 to 2008).

Dr. Cano specializes in molecular and environmental microbiology. He is best known for his groundbreaking work with ancient DNA and microorganisms and his work has been published in scientific journals including Science, Nature, Microbial Ecology, Applied and Environmental Microbiology, and many more. His work has resulted in patents for isolating and characterizing ancient bacteria from amber inclusions as well as several genes from his efforts in the Lactobacillus acidophilus genome project. His Ph.D. in microbiology was granted by the University of Montana. Dr. Cano also holds degrees in Genetics and Clinical Microbiology. He has taught at Cal Poly for more than 30 years, where he has received more than a dozen awards, including the prestigious Carski Award, written several textbooks and laboratory procedures manuals, has served as scientific consultant to several Biotechnology firms, and has been elected fellow to the American Academy of Microbiology.


Office location: 53-210e

Office phone: (805) 756-1358

Cell phone: (805) 748-9717

Fax: (805) 783-2351

Email: rcano@calpoly.edu

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Last Edited: April 24, 2009