Natalie A. Henkhaus: Plant Direct First Author

Natalie A. Henkhaus, first author of “Removing systemic barriers to equity, diversity, and inclusion: Report of the 2019 Plant Science Research Network workshop “Inclusivity in the Plant Sciences””

Current Position: Genomics Field Application Scientist at Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc.

Education: Ph.D. in Genetics from Cornell University

Non-scientific Interests: Exploring the Pacific Northwest, hiking, traveling, gardening, and cooking

Brief bio:

Natalie Henkhaus, Ph.D. is a genomics field application scientist (FAS) at Bio-Rad Laboratories and is based in the Pacific Northwest. As an FAS, Natalie provides Bio-Rad customers with pre- and post-sales technical training for real-time PCR (qPCR) and droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) applications.

Prior to joining Bio-Rad, Natalie earned her doctorate in genetics and genomics at Cornell University. Her doctoral research was conducted in the Richards laboratory at the Boyce Thompson Institute (BTI) in Ithaca, NY where she studied DNA methylation and epigenetic variation at Sadhu retroposons in Arabidopsis. Natalie has held several science policy and science communication roles at BTI as well as the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) in Rockville, MD. Most recently, as an education and outreach program manager at BTI she supported BTI’s mentoring programs and biotechnology outreach, and she was also an active member of BTI’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee. While at ASPB, Natalie coordinated the Plant Science Research Network, an NSF-funded Research Coordination Network. She also co-authored the Plant Science Decadal Vision (2020 – 2030), supported several Plantae Community networks, launched the Phenome conference in 2017, and worked with ASPB members to advance professional development opportunities for early career scientists.



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