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Sergey Ivashuta

Insect Control Technology Lead at Monsanto

Scientist with background in molecular biology and plant biotechnology and extensive people management and
leadership experience in academy and industry environment. Currently Insect Control Technology Lead in the
AgTraits Insect Control platform in the Biotechnology within Monsanto Technology. Joined Monsanto in 2005
as a scientist and had been a Monsanto Associate Science Fellow since 2009 and Science Fellow from 2012.
Received B.Sc. and M.S. at Saint Petersburg University (Russia) and PhD degree in Biology. Through more
than 20 years of research experience held positions with increasing responsibilities including research scientist,
leading scientist, head of laboratory, team lead and worked in areas of plant biotechnology, plant physiology,
molecular biology and RNAi at several research and industry organizations in Russia, Japan and USA.
Currently focusing on development of new transgenic and non transgenic technologies for crop improvement
and protection through regulation of transgene and endogenous gene expression in plants and pests.
Insect Control Technology Lead at Monsanto
August 2013 - Present (11 months)
Insect Control Technology team efforts focus on development of new technologies for insect control in major
crops and supporting development of current insect control products in Monsanto Insect Control platform
Fellow at Monsanto
December 2012 - Present (1 year 7 months)
Sub-Platform Lead at Monsanto
September 2012 - August 2013 (1 year)
Development of new gene regulation technologies for crop improvement. Support development and
regulatory approval of new products in Monsanto pipeline.
Associate Fellow at Monsanto
December 2009 - December 2012 (3 years 1 month)
RNA Technology Team Lead at Monsanto
February 2009 - September 2012 (3 years 8 months)
Development of new gene regulation technologies for crop improvement. Support development and
regulatory approval of new RNAi-based products in Monsanto pipeline.
Sub-Team Lead at Monsanto
September 2008 - February 2009 (6 months)
Research Scientist at Monsanto
July 2005 - August 2008 (3 years 2 months)
Postdoctoral fellow, Resseach associate at University of Minnesota
February 2003 - June 2005 (2 years 5 months)
HTP dsRNA-mediated gene silencing application for functional gene analysis in plants during symbiotic
Head of Plant Genome Laboratory at All-Russian Crop Research Institute
June 2002 - February 2003 (9 months)
Established Plant Genome laboratory and initiated collaborative project with Hokkaido National Agricultural
Research Center (Japan) on construction of the first genetic map of red clover.
Japan Society of Promotion of Science (JSPS) Fellow at Hokkaido National Agricultural Research
Center and Hokkaido University
November 1999 - June 2002 (2 years 8 months)
Transcriptional and posttranscriptional regulation during cold acclimation in legume crops. Studied
involvement of cold activated retrotransposon-like genes in epigenetic regulation (through RNAi mechanism)
of endogenous genes expression during plant cold acclimation.
Science and Technology (STA) Fellow at National Agricultural Research Center
March 1997 - March 1999 (2 years 1 month)
Scientist, Senior Research Scientist, Leading Scientist at Institute of Agricultural Biotechnology and
All-Russian Crop Research Institute
September 1987 - February 1997 (9 years 6 months)
Led a project with a goal to develop system for efficient genetic transformation/engineering of commercial
varieties of various crops (alfalfa, red clover, canola and other crops). Prepared a PhD dissertation.
(Native or bilingual proficiency)
Skills & Expertise
Molecular Biology
Cell Culture
Molecular Cloning
Molecular Genetics
Technology Transfer
Plant Breeding
Saint Petersburg University
B.S., M.S., Biology/Agronomy, 1982 - 1987
Moscow Tymyryazev Agricultural Academy
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Tennis, biking, traveling, science
Sergey Ivashuta
Insect Control Technology Lead at Monsanto
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