The Science of Modern Agriculture: Ag Microbials

Val Bayes Val Bayes
Valerie Bayes holds a degree in Biological Sciences from University of Missouri-Columbia and a Master's Degree from Lindenwood University in Teaching with certification in secondary biology. She serves as Monsanto’s STEM Engagement Lead in Saint Louis, Missouri. Growing up Valerie often found her curiosity getting her into trouble. From building treehouses out of recycled materials to jumping off the roof with an umbrella – asking “why” and “how” she has always been the curious type asking about phenomena and testing hypothesis. She is a strong advocated for the scientific method. Her work is focuses on creating authentic agricultural experiences demonstrating the sophistication and integral nature of STEM through agriculture.

Todd Ciche Todd Ciche
I'm Badger (UW) educated and was a Spartan (MSU) assistant professor prior to joining Monsanto. I harness the great diversity of microbial life to improve agronomic food production. My expertise is in microbiology particularly in the areas of microbial symbiosis, plant beneficial microbes, insect pathogens, nematology, molecular genetics and genomics. I grew up in an agricultural community in WI working at the family feed mill in my youth. I enjoy family time, hiking, camping and canoeing.

Brian Vaughan Brian Vaughan
Brian Vaughan is the Enabling Technology Lead for Monsanto’s Microbial Discovery platform in San Diego. He was formerly a member of Agradis, Inc a privately held company focused on developing sustainable agriculture solutions, Agradis was acquired by Monsanto in 2013. He is responsible for pipeline improvements including molecular and microbiology applications that enhance the team’s Microbial Discovery efforts. Brian is a graduate from University of California San Diego, with a degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology.

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