Jon Lightner

Strategic Advisor

Jon is a broadly trained biotechnology practitioner with deep experience in building and developing leading research teams in agricultural biotechnology.

He is currently Chief Scientific Officer at Genus plc, a leading animal genetics company. Jon was formerly Vice President, Agricultural Biotechnology at Dupont Pioneer Hi-Bred, where he led a global team responsible for biotechnology trait discovery, development, and deregulation. At Pioneer Hi-Bred, he also served as Senior Research Director of Trait Characterization and Development, as well as Research Coordinator, where he led the establishment of the company’s high-throughput maize screening program as well as its functional genomics expression profiling and metabolomics platforms. Prior to these roles, he was Director of Biochemical Genomics at Exelixis.

Jon holds a B.S. in Biology from York College of Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology from Washington State University, an M.E. in Systems Engineering from Iowa State University, and an M.B.A. from University of Iowa.