Special Interests: I have extensive experience in the Discovery Screening and Automation aspects of plant biotechnology for insect resistance. I also have experience in Intellectual Property. As part of Monsanto Regulatory Sciences I was formerly responsible for all entomology-based, non-target organism (NTO) testing for Monsanto's genetically enhanced crops in support of product registration. Currently, I am a manager in Monsanto’s Regulatory Scientific Affairs where I am responsible for biotech Benefits & Environmental Impacts. As an adjunct Professor at Webster University in St. Louis I teach a graduate level course in Regulatory Sciences and Quality Assurance.
Cowpea is a vitally important food for people in Africa . Cowpea's full potential is not realized due to constraints such as insects, diseases, and underdeveloped seed production and distribution systems. The opportunity to work with bright African and other world-renowned scientists and policy makers to develop and utilize biotechnology and seed systems for cowpea in Africa is a very exciting opportunity for me.
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