A former faculty member in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, John Steffens is the author of more than 70 publications and patents. An expert in plant biochemistry and molecular biology, Dr. Steffens also has extensive research and business experience in the private sector. Skilled in business and product development, regulatory affairs, and project management, Dr. Steffens has led trait development groups and managed strategic research collaborations, technology assessment, and open innovation programs. He holds a B.A. in biology and a Ph.D. in biology and chemistry, both from the University of Virginia.