Bobby Williams, Senior Research Manager - CRISPR, Corteva Agriscience
Why did you decide to become a scientist?
I’ve always been enamored with how things work. Growing up, I used to take everything apart in the house. You can talk to my mom and she can tell you stories about how annoying it was! As I studied science, I became increasingly interested in taking knowledge about how things work and applying it to find real-world solutions.
What is the focus of your research?
We focus on CRISPR, which is a form of gene editing. If we have knowledge of a specific gene and how that gene can affect a trait, for example nutritional content or drought tolerance, we can use CRISPR to edit that gene in the plant to create our desired outcome. Using CRIPSR is the most exciting technology that I’ve been involved with in my research career.
What role does collaboration play in your work?
I’ve been involved in several aspects of our Open Innovation initiative, which have been consistently exciting. We’ve benefited from outside thinking, and I hope that we in turn have been able to provide expertise and resources to those external labs that have allowed them to do research projects that wouldn’t have otherwise been possible.