Venki Pegadaraju, Ph.D. is VP of Business Development & Technology at Agribody Technologies, Inc., an agricultural biotechnology company partnering with innovative seed companies. He was previously Market Development Manager for Agri-genomics at Illumina; Consultant at BMGF (Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation); Director of Emerging Markets at Douglas Scientific; and Head of Research at Bio Diagnostics (Eurofins). At Monsanto, Venki research focused on understanding the mode of action of various drought leads that supported multiple product concepts for engineering and deregulation of first-generation drought tolerant corn.
Venki Published several research (>25) articles in the area of genome sequencing, plant defense signaling and molecular breeding with high citations in peer reviewed journals. His educational background includes a M.S in Life Sciences, a Ph.D. in Genetics from Kansas State University, where he discovered and characterized unique genetic pathways for improving plant defense mechanism against Aphids.