Mitchell Thompson

Deputy Director of Plant Biosystems Design

Research Focus

Dr. Thompson earned a PhD in Microbial Biology from the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of California – Berkeley. He is currently a Simons Fellow of the Life Science Research Foundation supervised by Dr. Patrick Shih within the Environmental Genomics and Systems Biology Division at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s Biosciences Area.

Dr. Thompson’s research investigates the adaptation of plant associated bacteria to their host, with special focus on the bacterium Agrobacterium tumefaciens. Combining synthetic biology, functional genomics, and phylogenomics he seeks to understand the bottlenecks to Agrobacterium mediated plant transformation in order to engineer more efficient methods to genetically modify elite bioenergy cultivars.

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