Dr. Rebecca White is the Vice President of Operations for Qualitas Health, Inc., a Texas-based food and nutrition company with headquarters in Houston, Texas. At Qualitas, Dr. White oversees all production staff, ensures on spec production from several facilities and leads the company’s applied R&D and technical programs. Dr. White has almost 10 years’ experience in the algae industry, having previously held the title of Director of Cultivation at Sapphire Energy, Inc. At Sapphire, she advanced algae harvesting and cultivation efforts that successfully demonstrated the commercial viability of using algae to produce fuels and other high-value products.
Dr. White’s specialties include the application of traditional agriculture principles to the domestication of algae as a crop, the establishment of field testing and process monitoring facilities and protocols and public/educational outreach on algae in general. Dr. White received her Ph.D. in Microbiology from Texas A&M University, where she was an NSF Graduate Research Fellow. She currently serves on the Algae Foundation’s Algae Academy K-12 project committee, and on the Board of Directors for the Algae Biomass Organization.