26 April 2017 – Ithaca, NY – Dr. Marie Donnelly has recently joined the Zymtronix team as our new Plant Protection lead. We’re excited to have her on board, and decided to get to know a little bit more about her…
Hi Marie! Can you tell us a bit more about your time at Cornell University?
I carried out a PhD at Cornell University, where I worked on developing an assay to assess the cellulolytic capabilities of plant pathogenic fungi as a potential resource for industrial cellulases, using fluorescence microscopy to evaluate the binding kinetics. I actually worked in the lab where Dr. Corgié was doing his postdoc, and although I wasn’t involved in his research that would eventually become Zymtronix, I knew he had something pretty cool going on. After I left Cornell to carry out a postdoc at University of California, Berkeley, I followed his progress and successes with Zymtronix. So, I'm really glad to have the chance to bring my experience in enzymes and fungi to the company's agricultural endeavours.
How do you feel about your new role as Plant Protection lead?
I've been excited about the technology Zymtronix has been developing since it’s founding. During my time in academia, my projects have allowed me to work at the interface of basic and applied science, where the interesting engineering questions are. Now, I’m really interested in seeing how my research and knowledge can be applied to product development or as part of a process, and joining Zymtronix gives me the chance to do just that. As the Plant Protection lead I will be responsible for the research and development of the formulations for the ZymPureTM seed cleansing and ZymGuardTM seed coating solutions, to make them as efficient as possible at seed protection.
What do you think the future holds for Zymtronix?
Zymtronix’s expanding agriculture team bodes well for the rest of the company. I’m confident that we will be really successful in developing our products, getting them to our partners and out to the market at large faster. I'm very excited to contribute to Zymtronix's work in agriculture, but it’ll also be exciting to watch the company grow in new directions. I think Zymtronix immobilized enzyme technology will allow us to work in a variety of markets, anywhere that enzymes are used industrially.
We’re thrilled to have Dr. Marie Donnelly join our team and to help develop our products. As leaders of the next wave of biocatalysts, Zymtronix aims to deliver revolutionary enzyme immobilization technologies to various markets. Marie’s addition to the team will accelerate this process for the agricultural industry.