Gallo was a professor and chair of the agronomy department at the University of Florida in Gainesville where she led a research program aimed at improving the performance and quality of tropical energy and agronomic crops. She is the founder of the world’s pioneering programs for sugarcane biotechnology. The enhancement of sugarcane as a bioenergy crop is currently the main thrust of her multi-disciplinary research team.
Gallo is also the co-founder and co-director of the University of Florida’s Scientific Thinking and Educational Partnership Program, whose main objective is to establish a nexus for life science researchers and social scientists. The program catalyzes and provides logistical support for the development of quality education and outreach components of grant proposals, enhancing faculty competitiveness in obtaining extramural funding.
Charles M. Kinoshita, PE, PhD, has been Principal Investigator for numerous projects involving conversion of biomass into fuels and higher-valued products, bioremediation, physical and biological sequestration of carbon dioxide, and other projects dealing with renewable energy, the environment, and workforce development. He teaches or has taught courses in transport phenomena, thermosciences, and engineering design, and has trained practicing engineers.