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Steven Scofield
Adjunct Associate Professor
Department: Agronomy
Phone: 765.494.3674
Fax: 765.496.2926

USDA-ARS SUPERVISORY RESEARCH GENETICIST, RESEARCH LEADER
Curriculum Vitae

EDUCATION
1976 A.B. Political Science, cum laude Kenyon College
1985 Ph.D. Cellular, Molecular & Development Biology, Indiana University


POSITIONS AND EMPLOYMENT
1985-1988
Postdoctoral Fellow Plant Breeding Institute, Cambridge, England

1988-1992
Postdoctoral Fellow Sainsbury Laboratory, John Innes Centre, Norwich, England

1992-1997
Assistant Research Geneticist, NSF Center for Engineering Plants for Resistance Against Pathogens (CEPRAP) University of California-Davis

1997-1999
Principal Research Scientist, DNA Plant Technology Corp., Oakland, CA

1999-2001
Research Fellow, DNA Plant Technology Corp., Oakland, CA

2002-Present
Supervisory Research Geneticist USDA-ARS and Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Agronomy, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN

ACCOMPLISHMENTS
1996
Published the first description of direct interaction of pathogen effector molecules with plant R-gene proteins.

1997-1999
At the DNA Plant Technology Corp (DNAP), Oakland CA, demonstrated that activation of R-gene responses can be engineered so that they provide resistance against a broad-spectrum of pathogens.

2000-2002
Led a research group at DNAP working to engineer broad-spectrum disease resistance in vegetable crops.

2002-2005
At the USDA-ARS, CPPC Research Unit, West Lafayette developed the first virus-induced gene silencing (VIGS) system for functional genomics research in hexaploid wheat.

2005-present
Successfully applied the VIGS system for functional genomics analysis of a wide range of wheat and barley pathosystems.

2016
US Patent: A transgene construct for improved resistance to Fusarium head blight in wheat and barley.


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