February is Black History Month and we are highlighting African-Americans who are making an impact on science, food and agriculture. These successful scientists are Monsanto employees. They inspire us to look at things differently, think sustainably, and make our work environment one that is full of creativity and innovation.Regular

Michelle L.

Michelle is the data strategy lead. She works with teams across biotechnology to help researchers quickly track traits that they would like to see move forward to more testing in our research/discovery pipeline. Basically, when a researcher has an “A-ha!” moment with an idea, she tries to help. Michelle also analyzes and mines data from a variety of data types and sources. Her team contributes to greater access and integration to real-time product data across our technologies to help inform decisions that will help deliver products faster to market.

“During my time here at Monsanto, I will continue to look for innovative strategies and technology that will enable Monsanto to efficiently transform its data into information that will help drive decisions and move our products and services to market faster and ensure ourselves as leaders in agriculture excellence,” said Michelle.

Michael M.

Michael has spent the majority of his career leading global breeding teams focused on developing new and improved crop varieties to help farmers feed a growing population. As the global multi-season program lead for Monsanto, he and his teams partner with global plant breeding and field trait solutions to help bring new and improved varieties with the latest traits to farmers even faster.

Genelle S.

Genelle is the quality systems training manager at Monsanto. She is a part of a team that works to improve the environment for our products and technologies by ensuring proper product stewardship and compliance. Genelle’s team develops and implements the overall training strategy to support a global quality management system. She is a vocal supporter of STEM education and actively promotes Monsanto’s work in academic and industry circles.

“During my lifetime and my career, I would hope to see our vision of sufficiently feeding a growing planet and putting an end to world hunger come to fruition,” said Genelle. “Monsanto can make that vision a distinct and hopeful reality.”

Jeremy W.

Jeremy leads a pest and pathogen team at Monsanto. He and his team research new ways to control important agricultural diseases and pests, cutting-edge work that is expected to lead to new, effective solutions for plant protection and improved bee health.

He became passionate about applying technology to agricultural challenges while at Divergence, a biotechnology startup based in St. Louis. Jeremy was a co-inventor on several patents and helped identify a new pest control molecule that is now in development at Monsanto.