Monsanto Company, St Louis, Missouri, USA

Dr. Xiaofeng Sean Yang obtained his B.S. and M.S. in biology from Nankai University, China. He received his Ph.D. in plant genetics and post-doctoral training in molecular microbiology from University of California at Davis, USA. Dr. Yang joined Monsanto Company (USA) in 2006 as a Senior Scientist, and since then has conducted a broad range of research and technology development activities in biotechnology, breeding, regulatory, functional genomics, and systems biology, including leading gene and biomarker discovery and development projects for crop biotechnology and breeding applications. During1999-2006, Dr. Yang worked in Pioneer, DuPont as a Computational Biology Manger leading teams of biologists and software engineers to provide scientific and informatics solutions to research and product development. During his 15 years of experience in agricultural industry, Dr. Yang published many research papers and patents in areas of genomics technology, plant physiology, genetics, crop protection, and food safety assessment. During 1996-1999, Dr. Yang also worked as a Research Scientist in Microcide Pharmaceuticals (USA) where he developed a novel pharmaco-genomic strategy for antibiotics drug discovery.

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