Agricultural R&D in Today’s Industry: Opportunities and Navigating a Career
Plantae Seminar Series
In this seminar, three Industry Scientists will discuss their experiences moving towards, into and through industry careers and the different roles and opportunities they have had working at Monsanto. The goal of the session is to help participants understand industry as a career choice. Participants will have the opportunity to submit questions and comments to direct the session in the way they would like.
Phil Taylor is a plant cell biologist trained at the John Innes Center in Norwich, UK, and did postdoctoral work on protein targeting in the endomembrane system. - At Monsanto, he has held various roles in Biotechnology first contributing to, and subsequently leading Yield Trait Projects, IT Capital Projects and Collaborations. Phil currently leads the New Investments group, focused on setting the strategy around key technologies to pursue, ensuring external collaborations are effectively managed, and to direct the Biotechnology relationship and collaboration strategy in China.
Kelly Gillespie is a plant physiologist that trained at University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign at SoyFACE. Research focused on understanding how soybean biochemistry, physiology & yield will respond to future climate change scenarios. Kelly did a post-doc at the Danforth Center working to improve the photosynthetic machinery of algae for improvements in biofuel production.
- Here at Monsanto, Kelly leads one of the portfolio projects in our R&D division that is working to make step-change advances in yield & sustainability in corn.
Matt Lingard is a plant cell biologist who did his PhD work at Arizona State University studying peroxisome protein targeting and peroxisome biogenesis. Matt did his postdoc with Bonnie Bartel at Rice University studying the genetics of peroxisome protein degradation.
- At Monsanto, Matt has had various roles in the cell biology team (primarily designing custom cell-based assays) and the Molecular Breeding Technologies group leading our marker and automation innovation platform.
Phil, Kelly and Matt are all Associate Fellows in Monsanto’s Science Fellows Program.