Recognizing Plant Physiology authors: Will B. Cody

Will B. Cody, first author of Native processing of sgRNA transcripts to create catalytic Cas9/sgRNA complexes in planta

Current Position: Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University

Ph.D. in Plant Pathology at Texas A&M University; B.S in Bioenvironmental Sciences at Texas A&M University

Non-scientific Interests: gardening, making fabulous food, and drinking wine outdoors with my wife and dogs

Brief bio: I grew up in San Marcos, Texas before attending Texas A&M University where I received a B.S. in Bioenvironmental Sciences and a minor in Environmental Soil Sciences. I then stayed within my undergraduate department, Plant Pathology and Microbiology, to pursue a PhD in Plant Pathology. I quickly discovered my passion for plant virology and molecular biology working in the lab of Dr. Herman B. Scholthof, where I studied Tobacco mosaic virus and its use as a heterologous expression vector for delivery of CRISPR gene editing parts in Nicotiana species. After completing my PhD, eager to approach plant-pathogen interactions from a different perspective, I joined the lab of Dr. Elizabeth S. Sattely at Stanford University in the department of Chemical Engineering as a Postdoctoral Scholar working in plant synthetic biology space.