Dr. Carl A. Batt joined the faculty in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University in 1985. He is the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor in the Department of Food Science. Prof. Batt also serves Director of the Cornell University/Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Partnership, co-Founder of Main Street Science and the founder of Nanooze, a on-line science magazine for kids. He is also the co-Founder and former co-Director of the Nanobiotechnology Center (NBTC) a National Science Foundation supported Science and Technology Center. Prof. Batt received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Food Science. He went on to do postdoctoral work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Throughout his 20 years at Cornell, Prof. Batt has worked on the fusion of the physical and life sciences developing novel technologies to solve challenges in food and health sciences. He has served as a scientific mentor for more than 40 graduates students and over 100 undergraduates, many of whom now hold significant positions in academia, government and the private sector, both in the United States and throughout the world. Partnering with the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and Cancer Research Institute, a Good Manufacturing Practices Bioproduction facility was constructed in Stocking Hall. This facility, the only one at an academic institution in the United States, is a state-of-the-art suite of clean rooms and currently has two cancer vaccines in Phase I clinical trials.
Prof. Batt has published over 200 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and reviews. In addition, from 1987-2000 he served as editor for Food Microbiology, a peer-reviewed journal and editor for the Encyclopedia of Food Microbiology that was published in 2000, in 2009 he began an effort to revise the encyclopedia. From 1999-2002, Prof. Batt was the President of the Board of Directors of the Ithaca Montessori School, an independent progressive community-based school. Prof. Batt has been a champion of bringing science to the general public especially young students and making difficult concepts approachable. As such he was part of the team that developed two traveling museum exhibitions that share the excitement of emerging technology with the general public. The first exhibition, ‘It’s a Nanoworld’ is currently on tour in the United States and has made stops including a six-month stay at Epcot in Disneyworld. The second exhibition, ‘Too Small to See’ is on tour having opened in Epcot in 2007. A new installation at Epcot is planned for Fall, 2009.