Dr. Timothy Conner is the Acting Deputy Director for the Institute of Bioenergy, Climate and Environment and the Institute of Food Safety and Nutrition within USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). He also has NIFA oversight of the Center for International Programs, the USDA Small Business Innovation Research program and the AFRI-Sustainable Agricultural Systems program. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Central Arkansas, a Master of Science degree from the University of Kentucky, and the Ph.D. degree in Genetics from the University of Minnesota. In 1987, he became a NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Georgia. In 1990, Conner joined the Monsanto Company as a Senior Research Biologist and was Visiting Scientist at Rockefeller University’s Lab of Plant Molecular Biology. Conner’s earlier contributions at Monsanto included program director leadership in two organizations: Biotechnology, and Genomics, where he focused on the innovation of enabling technologies useful for the implementation of new strategies and product opportunities for crops. His career includes leadership roles as the General Manager and Site Director for Monsanto’s Chemistry Technology organization in Woodland and Davis, California (formerly Calgene, Inc.), Biotechnology Lead and Chief of Staff in Monsanto’s Vegetable R&D organization in Woodland, California, and he also held strategic leadership roles as Vice President of Global Oilseeds and Food Technology, and Monsanto Brazil Director of South America Technology Strategy and Business Development, based in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Conner joined USDA NIFA in 2017 as Division Director for Bioenergy.