Dr. Cecilia Chi-Ham, a native of Honduras, Central America, earned a B.Sc. degree in Chemistry and Environmental Sciences at the University of the Ozarks, USA and a Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Southern Mississippi, USA. In 2004, upon completing postdoctoral work at Michigan State University in the field of plant biology, Dr. Chi-Ham joined PIPRA. As a plant biologist interested in facilitating agricultural innovations, particularly in developing countries, Dr. Chi-Ham leads PIPRA’s Biotechnology Resources Program. The Biotechnology Resources program’s activities include developing research tools with maximum freedom-to-operate to support a wide array of agricultural applications for humanitarian and commercial purposes, facilitating technology transfer, building new partnerships and research collaborations, and providing legal information on biotechnology tools. The program’s multi-disciplinary activities straddle the delicate junction between science, legal, business development, and regulatory affairs necessary for the research and development of new agricultural innovations in developed and developing countries. Cecilia can be reached at email@example.com.
Dr. Zamora’s research interests are in plant microbiome interactions, genomics resources and intellectual property. Dr. Zamora has published over 10 research papers in leading scientific journals and is often a speaker at universities, scientific research centers and international symposiums. He also holds 7 patents related to regulation of plant secondary metabolism for pharmaceutical applications and crop development. Pablo Zamora earned a B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry in 2004 and a Ph.D in Biotechnology at the University of Santiago of Chile in 2008 with both degrees specializing in plant biology. Pablo moved to California to complete a postdoctoral position at University of California at Davis and became Senior Scientist at UC Davis leading and developing research in plant genomic sciences. In 2012 Dr. Zamora was distinguish by as one Chile's top 100 leaders by the major news-paper El Mercurio and in 2013 was awarded as Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting fellow in Germany. Currently he serve as Latin American Liaison of the “Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture” (PIPRA), a not‐for‐profit organization that provides commercialization strategy advice and intellectual property rights analysis to support the commercialization of public sector innovations and as Senior Scientist at the Mars Advanced Research Institute developing and managing portfolio of R&D projects on plant and microbe genomics, system biology and plant breeding.
Nicolas Cobo holds a B.Sc degree in Agriculture from Universidad de Talca, Chile and currently is a PhD student in the Horticulture and Agronomy Graduate Group at UCDavis. His undergraduate research focused in understanding the effect on leaf fluorescence and other leaf treats of the use of shading nets in blueberry production, as a tool to reduce light stress. His PhD research at the Dubcovsky lab, is focused on wheat genetics and breeding with special focus in finding novel genes for stripe rust resistance, which can be introduced to current and new varieties around the globe. In 2011, he was distinguished as one Chile's top 100 young leaders by the major news-paper El Mercurio. He is currently a Fulbright scholar and holds a fellowship from the Chilean government.
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