Gentzbittel Laurent Andre Sylvain

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Laurent Gentzbittel received the M.Sc. degree in Genetics and Molecular Biology in 1986 and got his PhD degree in Molecular Genetics from University of Lyon I (France) in 1990.

Laurent Gentzbittel then worked for 7 years in a biotech company as a project leader then as research manager to develop and implement genetic techniques and molecular methods in sunflower.

He then joined the Higher School of Agronomy (Agro-Toulouse), France, as Professor of Quantitative Genetics and Plant Genomics where he has been since 1998.
Laurent Gentzbittel was teaching genomics and statistical genetics at graduate and PhD levels. He has led, leads or participates in several major research projects (French and EU) in plant genomics, and the establishment of genomics facilities in Toulouse. He was also Primary Collaborator in NSF-funded programs. Pr Gentzbittel’s significant research contributions include some pioneering publications including Genome Biol., PNAS, Mol. Biol. Evol. or Nucleic Acid Res.

At Skoltech Dr Gentzbittel will focus on promoting the Agrotechnologies Program into one of the premier research and innovation center in agriculture. The Agrotechnologies Program will integrate knowledge in quantitative genetics, breeding, genomics, molecular biology, statistics and big data to develop and implement new strategies and methods in trait dissection for crop and animal improvement and digital agriculture, to foster innovation.

The development of the Agrotechnologies Program will have three objectives: 1) Collaborate with industry and academics to foster innovation and agro-industrial development in Russia 2) Develop high-level, cutting-edge, basic research programs, towards quick delivering of improved plant varieties or animal breeds, and digital agriculture solutions and 3) Develop teaching and education, including training, retraining and advanced-training of current specialists.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 9 - Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action

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