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UNC Clean Tech Speaker

Susanne Kjemtrup

Susanne Kjemtrup
Independent Consultant
Phyta Biotech Consulting, LLC


Susanne has been working in agricultural biotechnology for over 20 years. During that period, she worked in academic, start up and large company settings. Susanne has experience in roles ranging from individual contributor, project lead, to technical and operational team leadership roles. Through all those experiences, she relished the challenge of scientific and strategic direction setting in both entrepreneurial or academic settings, using her strengths in critical thinking, talents as a people leader and passion for community science education. 

​Her career in plant sciences spans both coasts, starting with a PhD in biology from University of California San Diego in plant biology and subsequent postdoctoral work at North Carolina State University and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied pathogens of plants.  Susanne has held leadership positions in the ag-biotech industry at both Paradigm Genetics in Research Triangle Park, NC, and Monsanto.  At Paradigm, she was awarded an STTR grant in collaboration with North Carolina State University to develop gene silencing tools using plant viruses. At Monsanto,  she led both technical and intrepreneurial teams in automated phenotyping, physiology and microbials in crop improvement R&D projects.   Susanne was named Fellow at Monsanto and as an adjunct faculty at NC State in the Department of Plant Biology and Microbiology, has contributed to curriculum development and regularly coaches students and post-docs about working in industry.

Susanne is an ag-technology advisor for Ag TechInventures, as well as an expert reviewer for the Foundation for Food and Agricultural Research.