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Dr. Jonathan Lightner

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Chief Scientific Officer

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Local Address:  DeForest , Wisconsin , United States
Genus plc
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Basingstoke , Hampshire RG21 4HG
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Company Description: Genus is a world leader in applying quantitative genetics and biotechnology to animal breeding. The Company's proprietary technology, products and services enable...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Ph.D.
    Washington State University
  • Bachelor of Science degree
    York College of Pennsylvania
  • M.B.A.
    The University of Iowa
  • M.E. degree , systems engineering
    Iowa State University
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"The demonstration of genetic resistance ..., 9 Dec 2015 [cached]
"The demonstration of genetic resistance to the PRRS virus by gene editing is a potential game changer for the pork industry," said Jonathan Lightner, Chief Scientific Officer and Head of R&D of Genus plc.
Genus plc - Investor Relations - Executive Leadership Team, 7 Nov 2015 [cached]
Dr. Jonathan Lightner Chief R&D and Scientific Officer
Jonathan is a world-renowned quantitative molecular geneticist, whose career has encompassed R&D, regulatory and commercial activities. He joined us in 2013 from Pioneer Hi-bred International Inc, a DuPont business, where he led a global team focused on genetic solutions to enhance agricultural productivity. He has been issued over 40 patents in key areas related to crop improvement. He obtained his Doctorate in Plant Physiology at the Institute of Biological Chemistry at Washington State University in 1994. He also holds a Masters in Systems Engineering from Iowa State (2009) and an MBA from the University of Iowa (2009).
Advisors, 16 Aug 2015 [cached]
Jonathan 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.
Arcadia Biosciences and DuPont Pioneer to Collaborate on the Development of Specialty Oil | Arcadia Biosciences, 9 April 2013 [cached]
"DuPont has a strong history of collaboration and innovation for new, high-value agricultural technologies," said Jon Lightner, DuPont Pioneer vice president of Agricultural Biotechnology. "We are conducting research and development at multiple points along the food value chain, looking for opportunities to provide safer, healthier and more nutritious food for a growing global population, whether it's upstream through DuPont Pioneer or downstream through DuPont Nutrition & Health. This relationship reinforces our leadership in biotech output traits and nutritional oils. It builds on the success of Plenish® high oleic soybean oil, which has 20 percent less saturated fat than commodity soy oil," Lightner said.
DuPont Pioneer | Our Leaders, 17 June 2013 [cached]
Photo: Jon Lightner
Jonathan Lightner, Ph.D.Vice President, Agricultural Biotechnology
At DuPont Pioneer, Dr. Jonathan Lightner is vice president, Agricultural Biotechnology. In this role, Jonathan leads a global team responsible for biotechnology trait discovery, development and deregulation. He is responsible for guiding the DuPont Pioneer industry leading pipeline of biotechnology traits and R&D excellence.
Jonathan joined the company in 2003 to advance Genomics research and technology development before being named senior research director of Trait Characterization and Development (TC&D) for the DuPont Agricultural Biotechnology group in 2008.
Jonathan is an inventor of 26 issued U.S. patents, including Pioneer and DuPont patents on Plenish® high-oleic soybean. He is an inventor on more than 20 pending patent applications and is an author on 18 peer-reviewed scientific publications.
Jonathan is a Ph.D. graduate of Washington State University, earned an M.E. degree in systems engineering from Iowa State University, an M.B.A. from the University of Iowa and a Bachelor of Science degree from York College of Pennsylvania. He is a member of the American Society of Plant Biology, the American Chemical Society and the Iowa Farm Bureau.
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