Magalie Guilhabert holds a Master in Biology (minor Plant Breeding) from the University of Rennes, France, and a PhD in Plant Pathology from the University of California, Davis, US. Her research includes Plant-Microbe Interactions and Microbial Molecular Signaling. She performed post-doctoral work at the United States Department of Agriculture, Albany, CA, in the Produce Safety and Microbiology Research Group.
Magalie has more than 13 years’ experience in different R&D positions in the CropScience Industry with Bayer and legacy companies. Recently, she served as the Director, Head of Crop Efficiency and Seed Growth at Bayer CropScience, where her responsibilities included the identification and development of microbial solutions for seed treatment of row crops.
Since November 2018 Magalie has headed the R&D activities to drive the identification and optimization of differentiating, efficacious and safe new active ingredients. She is also member of the Biologics R&D leadership team of Bayer CropScience. She is currently located at the Biologics Bayer CropScience Site in West Sacramento, CA.
Magalie is an advocate for public/private partnership and has been for example member of the Board of directors of the International Alliance for Phytobiome Research, an industry-academic collaborative initiative focused on building a phytobiome-based foundation for accelerating the sustainable production of food, feed, and fiber. She has also recently been a public member in the University of California Davis Biological Safety Administrative Advisory Committee, US. Magalie is an inventor on several issued patents and has published her work in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Bacteriology, Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, Molecular Microbiology and PLoS.