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Expert in Plant Biotechnology

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Minnesota (MN)
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Dr. Gaitan-Gaitan has worked in the agriculture biotechnology field, with an ample experience a s a plant breeder and trait development and introgression scientist. He has worked in this field applying modern concepts to combine with the current agricultural practices in different areas of the Western Hemisphere. He has developed methodologies to test genes under different environmental conditions to assess phenotipic responses. He has also developed processes to combine traditional breeding methodologies with current molecular techniques to incorporate, select and advance genetically engineered traits in plants.

Dr. Gaitan-Gaitan has acquired experience while developing specific methodologies to integrate and select genetically modified traits in plants. He has worked ag traits and PMPs to select high expressing transgenes for further advancement and pilot production. He has authored and coauthored SOPs related to specific processes under lab, greenhouse and field conditions to be executed under cGLP and cGMP. The use of modern techniques to develop these traits within a highly regulated environment, has led to the patenting of such methodologies.


agricultural biotechnology


plant biotechnology

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Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Minneapolis, Minnesota;  Saint Paul, Minnesota;  Rochester, Minnesota;  Burnsville, Minnesota;  Saint Cloud, Minnesota;  Eden Prairie, Minnesota;  Minnetonka, Minnesota;  and Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1995   Ph.D.   Plant Biotechnology   Texas Tech University  
1991   M.S.   Plant Breeding and Genetics   National University (Colombia)  
1981   B.S.   Agronomic Engineering   National University (Colombia)   Honorific Mention

Work History:
Years   Employer   Department   Title   Responsibilities

2004 to 2006


Monsanto Company




Commercial Breeder


Leader of a research station team, managing a comprehensive breeding testing program to identify high yielding genotypes for the West Central Corn Belt

2001 to 2004


Monsanto Protein Technologies


Genetics and Trait Development


Genetics Lead


He was in charge of the developmental screening of genetically engineered corn to express pharmaceutically active proteins. He designed breeding methodologies for event screening and advance with intermediate active protein production for initial clinical testing.

2000 to 2001


Dow Agrosciences


Trait Development


Trait Introgression Scientist


In charge of transgenic event sorting for insect resistant traits and output traits in corn. Managed the off-shore trait introgression program and initial evaluation of selected events.

1997 to 1998


Dekalb Genetics Corporation


Parent Seed Services




He was responsible for maintaining the uniformity of inbred stocks and their genetic purity. Characterization and description of inbreds for commercial and registration purposes.

1996 to 1997


Dekalb Genetics Corporation


Sorghum Breeding


Research Associate


Development of sorghum germplasm for commercial purposes, line and hybrid testing. Assisted breeding program with traditional breeding methodologies.

Career Accomplishments:

American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America


Certified Professional Agronomist (CPAg)

Professional Appointments

International Crop Science Committee; Cross-cultural Experience Program Committee; International Crop Science Committee; Biosecurity Committee, (CSSA-USA); Manuscript Reviewer, Agronomy Journal and Crop Science (USA)

Publications and Patents Summary

He has several peer reviewed publications, and a patent (Pend).

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Journal of Plant Registrations  
 - Human Antibodies  

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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
2006 to 2006   Chile   He evaluated worldwide corn germplasm collection adapted to the Northern hemisphere, winter nurseries for new introductions with tropical germplasm. Evaluated intermediate cycles of commercial breeding corn lines with adaptation to different maturities in the Northern Hemisphere and Central America.
2005 to 2005   Mexico   Evaluated winter nursery and seed production of intermediate breeding cycles for temperate high yielding corn lines. He did a preliminary evaluation of new corn accessions for use in the improvement of temperate lines. He also performed an evaluation of tropical introductions for disease and yield improvement of temperate germplasm.
2000 to 2001   Puerto Rico   He was in charge of trait development and Introgression of transgenic lines of temperate germplasm. Testing and evaluation of transgenic events for insect and herbicide tolerance. Use of molecular assisted methodologies, in combination with traditional breeding and environmental advantages to develop accelerated trait recovery and to maintain inbred integrity. He oversaw stock maintenance and purity for transgenic traits and hybrid production.
1987 to 1990   Colombia   He was the Principal Investigator for a Seed Company, developing corn and soybean germplasm adapted to the tropics. He evaluated materials at different altitudes and latitudes with emphasis on high yielding producing areas of the tropics. He introduced new accessions from Central and South America, as well as from SE Asia. Managed continuous cycle breeding nurseries for the development of tropic corn and soybean germplasm.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
English   He was educated and lived for many years in an English speaking country
Spanish   He is a native Spanish speaker
Portuguese   He has some basic knowledge
Italian   He has some basic skills

Market Research:
He is an expert in the development of technologies to integrate traditional and current breeding methodologies for the production of transgenic plants to express different compounds. He has experience working under cGLP and cGMP environments, developing the appropriate research and management structure to be compliant with Regulatory Requirements. He has knowledge of the International environment and needs for developing germplasm and integration of new breeding technologies, seed production and evaluation of germplasm. He also has extensive managerial experience as a team lead, recruiting, training, supervising and evaluating people, with team building and communication in complex matrix environments. Budget planning and execution.

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Additional Skills and Services:

He has presented scientific papers and reports in International Meetings. He has also presented short seminars on the Importance of Biotechnology in the development of new strategies for increased product and productivity in plants. He has delivered short seminars on Team Building and communication with emphasis on small location Ag environments.


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