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Mark Guiltinan

Penn State University

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Mark Guiltinan is a Professor at Penn State University and Director of the Penn State Program in the Molecular Biology of Cacao. He has published over 90 manuscripts, mentored 20 Ph.D. scholars, provided hands on experience to >80 undergraduates in plant research and has hosted cacao scientists from 12 countries during extended scientific exchange programs. He holds a B.S in Botany from California State University-Humboldt, and a Ph.D. from the University of California-Irvine. (guiltinanlab.cas.psu.edu). He pursued postdoctoral training at Texas A&M University, the Univ. of North Carolina and inside industry, after which he joined the faculty at Penn State University in 1991 as a member of the Horticulture Department. His research has explored the molecular basis of plant development and applications of plant science to crop improvement with funding from the US Dept. of Energy, National Science Foundation, Gates Foundation, USDA, and from industry sponsors. He has been the Director of the Penn State Endowment for the Molecular Biology of Cacao since 1995, Chairman of the International Group for the Genetic Improvement of Cacao since 2003 and serves as Director of the Plant Science Center of the Penn State Huck Institute of the Life Sciences. Dr. Guiltinan teaches undergraduates and graduates in plant biotechnology and plant science research and has hosted visiting scientists from cocoa producing countries such as Nigeria, Cameroon, Brazil and Malaysia. Visit http://guiltinanlab.cas.psu.edu Recently Dr. Guiltinan participated in the sequencing of the cocoa genome, which as revolutionized the field of cocoa improvement for enhanced disease resistance, yield and quality.

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