Tracy is a R&D leader with over 15 years of experience in both academic and agricultural biotechnology environments. She has extensive experience at developing and managing research programs with a track record of bringing groups together towards a common goal. In 1998, Tracy began her career at Paradigm Genetics where she helped develop and optimize the company’s gene discovery pipeline as part of the GeneFunction Factory, an industrial scale phenomics platform. She joined Athenix Corporation in 2001 where she was responsible for the design and implementation of the high-throughput trait discovery program, MiDAS. During her time at Athenix, the team discovered and patented over 30 novel insecticidal proteins.
Tracy graduated with her undergraduate degree in Biology from Virginia Tech and received her Ph.D. in Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At UNC, she explored the mechanism of cytokinin signaling and the importance of the hormone in plant development and responses. She was awarded the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship to support her graduate studies.
At AgBiome, Tracy directs a major partnership in trait discovery including managing internal workflow as well as fostering collaborative relationships with external partners. She is also an active member of the Business Development team where she helps scout new partnership opportunities and negotiate new collaboration agreements.