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John Pitkin


After graduation from UCI, I did postdoctoral research at Michigan State University focused on fungal plant pathogens. I was hired by Monsanto in 1997 as a biologist for the fungicide discovery group. I led many gene discovery projects from 1999-2011 focused on controlling plant pests including fungi, nematodes, insects and viruses. From 2011-2018 I worked in strategy groups focused on pest control strategies. Bayer acquired Monsanto in 2018, and from 2019-June 2021, I worked with the University Strategy team focused on strategic interactions with universities important for the Bayer Crop Science business. I also occasionally taught a graduate level molecular plant pathology course for University College at Washington University. I retired from Bayer in June 2021 to join a medical cannabis startup company (KindBio, LLC) as their Chief Scientific Officer.

Personal Interests

My hobbies include kayak fishing, skiing, live music, theater and travel.

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