Tracy_RainesTracy Raines is a molecular biologist who has spent many years working within small, start-up biotechnology environments. In 1998, she began her career in ag biotech as an early team member of Paradigm Genetics. There, she helped develop and optimize the high-throughput gene discovery and vectoring pipeline as part of Paradigm’s GeneFunction Factory.

In 2001, she joined Athenix Corporation where she was responsible for the design and implementation of MiDAS, the high-throughput insecticidal gene discovery system. In addition, she played a central bioinformatics role, uncovering potential novel targets within large sequence data sets. During her time at Athenix, the team discovered and assayed over 30 novel insecticidal-like proteins from soil bacteria, several having activity on pests of agricultural significance.

Tracy received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Virginia Tech in 1998. She returned to school after her years in industry and obtained her Ph.D. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. At UNC, she explored the mechanism of cytokinin signaling and the importance of the hormone in plant development and responses. Tracy is excited to apply her years of education and industry experience to the successful discovery platforms at AgBiome.