Research Associate, School of Integrative Plant Science
Inspired by Bill and Melinda Gates, Star is committed to solve food security by working with a global community of plant breeders, molecular geneticists, programmers, engineers, IT from Cornell University, Boyce Thompson Institute, USDA, and CGIAR centers to transform breeding through integrated data management, prescriptive data analytics, user adoption, and change management. As a Breeding Informatics and Application Specialist for the Gates Genomic Open-Source Breeding Informatics Initiative Project (Gobii), Star works with the genomic database management system and decision support tools to enable the routine application of molecular markers and genomic selection in crop breeding. As a Business Analyst and Strategic Application Manager, Star coordinates software development, user adoption for Enterprise Breeding System, and integration of a cohort of Gates funded projects, including GOBii and Breeding for Results (B4R), to International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), and Cornell University. Prior to Cornell, Star worked at Dow AgroSciences as a Corn Breeder and North America Double Haploid Method Development Lead and Special Project Coordinator.
Star received her Ph.D. in Plant Breeding from Cornell University and her Master's and Bachelor's from Shenyang Agricultural University. She is currently an Executive MBA Candidate in the dual program from Cornell University and Queens University.
Public and private engagement and partnership
Emerging technology deployment and adoption
Business decision modeling and customer centric leadership