Born in S. Korea, Dr. Myeong-Je Cho obtained a B.S. and M.S. in Agronomy from Seoul National University. He received his Ph.D. in Soybean Physiology and Biochemistry from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1991 and did a postdoctoral study onSoybean Transformation/Molecular Biologyat the same University. Later he worked as a Specialist onCereal Transformation and Gene Expressionin Plant and Microbial Biology Department at University of California-Berkeley.
In 2001 Myeong-Je joined a biotech company, Byotix, Inc. in Richmond, CA, as a confounder and VP to lead the Plant Biotechnology and Genomics Programs. In 2004 he worked as a Research Scientist/Manager at DuPont-Pioneer for 11 years.He receivedfrom DuPont-Pioneer an Innovative Enabling Technology Award for Maize Inbred Transformation Development/Deployment, one of Ag Biotech (ABT) Achievement Awards (2010), an Outstanding Team Collaboration Award (ABT Achievement Awards) for Hybrid Wheat Platform Development (2013), and a Gene Dalton Evolution Impact Award for Maize Inbred Transformation (2014).Myeong-Je also workedas a Scientific Advisor/Consultant for several biotech companies and research institutes to help with technology/product development. He also served as an Honorary Scientist in Rural Development Administration for 8 years and as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Plant Science at Seoul National University for 2 years.
He joined IGI in November 2016 and is currently the Director and PI of the Plant Genomics and Transformation Facility.He published 60 papers/4 book chapters and had 13 US patents issued and 9 pending regarding planttissue culture/transformation, gene expression, gene isolation/characterization and genome editing.