Ag-Biotech Experts and Media Contacts
If you are a journalist and would like more information
on ag-biotech issues, please feel free to contact the scientists below.
Most of them are regular contributors to the AgBioView
Discussion forum and are experts in their respective fields.
Below you will find their personal information, areas of expertise and
email addresses. The experts are classified under certain subject headings,
but please be aware that all of them are proficient in more than one topic.
If you are unable to decide as to who to target your question, please
send it to prakash(at)agbioworld.org and your query will be forwarded
to the appropriate expert.
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Insect and Herbicide Tolerant
Richard T. Roush
Director, Statewide IPM Program, University of California
One Shields Ave., Davis, CA 95616-8621
Ph +1 530 752 8350
FAX +1 530 752 6004
Areas of expertise: Insect and herbicide tolerant crops
Professor, Washington State University
Areas of expertise: Environmental Toxicology, Pesticides, Entomology,
IPM, Crop Protection Technologies
GM Food Safety
and Human Health
Bruce M. Chassy, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean for Biotechnology Outreach, Office of Research College
of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences and Executive Associate
Director, Biotechnology Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Areas of expertise: Food safety, Food microbiology, Biochemical nutrition
Steve L. Taylor, Ph.D.
Professor and Head, Dept. of Food Science & Technology co-Director,
Food Allergy Research & Resource Program
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NE
Areas of expertise: Safety of GM foods; Food allergens and assessment
of allergenicity of GM foods
Ruth Kava, Ph.D., R.D.
Director of Nutrition, American Council on Science and Health
Area of expertise: Human nutrition
Zhangliang Chen, Ph.D.
Vice President, Beijing University
Director, National Laboratory of Protein Engineering and Plant Genetic
Area of expertise: Transgenic plants and safety
Susan L. Hefle, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor and Co-Director, Food Allergy Research and Resource
University of Nebraska
Areas of expertise: Food allergies and sensitivities, Natural toxicants,
Allergenicity assessment of bioengineered foods
Feed Safety and Animal Health
Dale E. Bauman, Ph.D.
Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor, Professor of Nutritional Biochemistry,
Areas of expertise: Metabolism and metabolic regulation, Animal agriculture,
Somatotropin and animal biotechnology, Designer foods, Lipid metabolism,
Economic Issues Related to
Per Pinstrup-Andersen, Ph.D.
International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Areas of expertise: Biotech policy Research and food general policy research
Greg Traxler, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept. of Agricultural Economics, Auburn University, and Affiliate
Scientist, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT)
Areas of expertise: Welfare impacts of biotechnology, Agricultural research
policy, Diffusion of Bt cotton
Research Fellow, Institute of Economic Affairs
Phone: +44 20 77 99 89 21
Areas of expertise: Economics (institutional, technology/science, micro,
econometrics), Law (UK, EU, environment, trade, international), Philosophy
of science/epistemology, Psychology
John Komen, M.S.
Research Officer, ISNAR Biotechnology Service; International Service for
National Agricultural Research, The Netherlands.
Phone: +31 - 70 - 3496161
Areas of expertise: Developing countries, Economic impact, Biosafety,
Intellectual property rights, Strategic planning, Technology transfer;
Associate Professor of Agribusiness & Director of Economics and Management
of AgBiotech Center (EMAC), University of Missouri-Columbia.
Areas of expertise: Economics and Policy of Ag Biotechnology.
Risk Assessment and Public Perception
Thomas J. Hoban, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology and Food Science, North Carolina State University
Phone: (919) 515-1676
Areas of expertise: Public perception of biotechnology, Consumer acceptance,
International trade issues, Ethical issues, Socio-economic impacts
Klaus Ammann, Ph.D.
Professor, Botanical Garden, University of Bern, Switzerland
Phone: +41 70 429 70 62
Areas of expertise: Ecology of transgenic crops, Risk assessment, Risk
management, Scientific outreach, Public perception
Gregory Pence, Ph.D.
Professor, Philosophy Department and School of Medicine
University of Alabama at Birmigham (UAB)
Phone: 205 934-4805; or 205 934-8922
Areas of expertise: Bioethics, GM food ethics, Ecofascism, Cloning, etc.
Gary Comstock, Ph.D.
Director, Ethics Program
Professor of Philosophy, North Carolina State University Raleigh, NC 27695-8101
Phone: 919 515 3214 (NC State Philosophy Dept.)
Areas of expertise: Ethics, Bioethics, Social values, Consumer concerns
about GM foods
Douglas Powell, Ph.D.
Assistant professor, University of Guelph
Areas of expertise: Food safety, Risk analysis, On-farm applications
C. Neal Stewart, Jr., Ph.D.
Professor and Racheff Chair of Excellence in Plant Molecular Genetics
Department of Plant Sciences
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN 37996-4561 USA
Ph 865 974 7324
Fax 865 974 1947
Areas of expertise: Plant transformation, Ecological risks of GM plants,
Plant Biology, Breeding and
Ingo Potrykus, Ph.D.
Professor emeritus, Plant Sciences
Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), Zurich, Switzerland
Phone: +41 61 841 2412
Area of expertise: Genetic engineering of plants to benefit food security
in developing countries
Florence M. Wambugu, Ph. D.
Chief Executive Officer
A Harvest Biotech Foundation Int'l (AHBFI) P. O. Box 642, Village Market-00621,
Nairobi, Kenya Tel: 254-2-521652, 254-2-521671
Area of expertise: Agricultural Biotechnology, Africa
Martina Newell McGloughlin, Ph.D.
Director and Adjunct Professor, UC Davis
Areas of expertise: Biotechnology (especially Agricultural science), Policy
and communication, Bioinformatics
Jennifer A. Thomson, Ph.D.
Professor in Molecular and Cell Biology Department, University of
Cape Town, South Africa
Phone: 27 21 6503256
Area of expertise: Genetically modified crops
Peggy G. Lemaux, Ph.D.
Cooperative Extension Specialist, University of California, Berkeley
Areas of expertise: Most aspects of agricultural and environmental biotechnology
including the science, regulatory issues, consumer acceptance, intellectual
property and the pipeline. Communication with the press is a priority.
Bob Goldberg, Ph.D.
Distinguished Professor of Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology,
Areas of expertise: Plant biotechnology, Plant genes and gene regulation,
Plant development, "Science for non-scientsts"
Wayne Parrott, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Georgia
Phone: 706 542 0928
Areas of expertise: Crop biotechnology (particularly legumes), Latin American
Anthony Trewavas, Ph.D.
Professor, University of Edinburgh
Phone: 44 131 650 5328
Areas of expertise: Plant biology and biotechnology, Organic food and
farming, Integrated Farm Management
C.S. Prakash, Ph.D.
Professor of Plant Molecular Genetics, Tuskegee University
Phone: 334-727-8023 or (334) 444-7884
Areas of expertise: Genetically modified plants, Developing countries,
Johan Brink, Ph.D.
Co-Director, Agricultural Biotechnology Support Project (ABSP), Insititute
of International Agriculture, Michigan State University
Phone: 517 432-1641
Areas of expertise: Plant biotechnology research, Capacity building and
training, Policy development, Biotechnology in developing countries
R. James Cook, Ph.D.
Professor, Plant Pathology and Crop and Soil Sciences
Endowed Chair in Wheat Research, Washington State University
Phone: 509 335-3722
Areas of expertise: Plant disease management, Cropping Systems, Environmental
effects, Biological control
Gurdev S. Khush
Consultant, International Rice Research Institute
Areas of expertise: Genetics, Plant Breeding
Food and Trade Policy, Regulations
and Legal Issues
Alan McHughen, D.Phil., FACN
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521-0124
Phone: 909 787-7532
Fax: 909 787-5717
Areas of expertise: Genetic engineering, Biosafety (health and environment),
International trade, Intellectual property related to lifeforms, Regulation
of new crops and foods
Robert Paarlberg, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science, Wellesley College
Phone: 781 283-2193
Area of expertise: International Agricultural Policy
Henry Miller, MD
The Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Phone: 650 725 0185
Fax: 650 723 0576
Area of expertise: Domestic and international regulatory issues; biotechnology
applied to agriculture and medicine
Anatole F. Krattiger, Ph.D.
Director, Strategic World Initiative for Technology Transfer (SWIFT),
President, BioDevelopments LLC (International Consultants)
Phone: 1-607-254 4635
Areas of expertise: Intellectual property, Technology transfer, Biotechnology,
Director, Food Safety Policy, Competitive Enterprise Institute
Areas of expertise: International agriculture trade, Food safety regulation
Chairman, Truth About Trade and Technology
Area of Expertise: Agricultural biotechnology as it relates to production
farming and to trade
Liability for GMOs and Non-GMOS
Drew L. Kershen, J.D., LL.M.
Earl Sneed Centennial Professor of Law, University of Oklahoma College
Phone: (405) 325-4784
Area of expertise: Legal aspects of agricultural biotechnology
Morgan Lewis (Law Firm), Washington, DC
Phone: (202) 739-6366
Area of expertise: Trade, Food And Drug, Biotechnology
Thomas P. Redick
Attorney, Gallop, Johnson & Neuman, L.C.
Area of expertise: Liability for GMOs and Non-GMO