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I am currently the Oils Discovery Leader at Corteva Agriscience, in Johnston, Iowa. I lead a small group within R&D Trait Discovery, researching ways to increase oil and enhance oil composition. I've worked with both the seed traits groups (developing new oil profiles for our oilseed crops and resistance to insect damage) and the crop protection group (determining new modes of actions for novel herbicides). For both areas I have refined my skills in plant metabolism, physiology, and genetics and gained new skills. My passion is for understanding how plants work down to the molecular level. By understanding the underlying mechanisms of plant biology, we can gain useful products from plants. What makes a plant survive? What makes a plant die? How can we use this knowledge to our advantage to provide food, fiber, and sustainable feedstocks for our growing population?

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