Catherine Feuillet is the Head of trait research at Bayer since July 2013. Until then, she was a research director and leader of the group, “Structure, function and evolution of the wheat genomes” at the INRA, Clermont-Ferrand (France). She received her PhD in 1993 at the University Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France) working on genes involved in lignification in Eucalyptus. In 1994, she moved to Zurich, Switzerland to the laboratory of Dr. B. Keller at the Swiss Federal Institute for Agroecology as a postdoc and then as a junior group leader at the University of Zurich in 1997. During this period, she developed research projects aiming at the cloning of leaf rust disease resistance and initiated projects in structural and evolutionary genomics in wheat and barley. In 2004, she was appointed by INRA (Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique) as research director in Clermont-Ferrand (UMR Genetics, Diversity and Ecophysiology of Cereals) to lead and develop wheat genomics projects. She has coordinated several large national and European grants and is one of the co-chairs of the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium. In 2009, she received the "Prix Foulon" (for integrative plant biology) from the French Academy of Sciences. She was nominated for the Legion of Honor in 2010, elected « AAAS Fellow » by the American Association for the advancement of Science in 2011 and received the “Prix J. Dufrenoy” from the French Academy of Agriculture in 2012.