Dr. Elizabeth Bates has a very strong interest in gene structure & regulation. During her Ph.D. work in the laboratory of Professor Harry Gilbert, Liz made some of the earliest studies in gene transfer and gene expression between different bacterial species of food and agricultural interest. Liz spent six years in academic research, working on molecular biology and gene expression topics at EMBL Grenoble and the University Claude Bernard, Lyon. Following this stint, she worked for eight years in the pharmaceutical industry, researching human genes and proteins that could be used as novel pharmaceutical targets, with a particular focus on immunology and allergenicity.
In her work at Bayer CropScience, Liz leads various teams of scientists who study GMO products to determine their unique molecular characteristics. They compare the GMO seeds and agricultural products to those already safely consumed and deliver data and studies to the appropriate regulatory authorities for product registration.
Liz has written many scientific papers and patents on gene discovery, expression and function.
She holds a BSc in Genetics and a Ph.D. in Agricultural Biochemistry from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK.