Tracy is an R&D leader and a member of the Business Development team where she helps scout new partnership opportunities and negotiate new collaboration agreements. She has a long history in building discovery programs in multiple agriculture biotech companies. Tracy began her career in agriculture biotech in 1998 as one of the early team members of Paradigm Genetic where she helped develop and optimize the high-throughput gene discovery pipeline for the company’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. She received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Virginia Tech and her Ph.D. in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied the role of cytokinin signaling in Arabidopsis thaliana.