Our Mission

The ISU Crop Bioengineering Consortium (CBC) seeks to address the urgent, grand challenge to provide sufficient food, feed, biofuels and biorenewable chemicals for the world's burgeoning population, through basic and applied research to enable the bioengineering of valuable traits in a variety of crops. More

Upcoming Events

Dr B.M. Prasanna, Director of the CGIAR Research Program MAIZE & Global Maize Program, will give a presentation addressing genome editing in maize as part of the 2017 Everson Symposium, April 12 at the Gateway Center. More »

CBC will host Dr. Keith Joung of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School for a seminar on April 25, 2017. More »

Consortium News

Innovation Seed Grants Offered
Jan 14, 2017

CBC is offering two grant opportunities to promote research and outreach with respect to the consortium mission. More »

CBC Members Receive NIH Grant
Jan 13, 2017

Crop Bioengineering Consortium member Dipali Sashital (Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology) has received an award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences for her proposal entitled “Defining CRISPR adaptation and interference mechanisms in E. coli.” More »

New CBC Leadership
Dec 15, 2016

Kan Wang (Professor of Agronomy, CBC Co-Principal Investigator) and Jeff Wolt (Professor of Agronomy) have assumed responsibility for co-directing the Crop Bioengineering Consortium following the June 2016 retirement of founding director Marty Spalding (Professor of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology and CBC Principal Investigator). More »

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Dr. Martin Spalding Dr. Martin Spalding

Founding Director Emeritus
Department of Genetics, Development and Cell Biology
Role: Genome-editing technology and trait discovery
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Dr. Kan Wang Dr. Kan Wang

Department of Agronomy
Role: Genetic transformation and genome editing technology development
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Dr. Jeffery Wolt Dr. Jeffery Wolt

Department of Agronomy
Role: Risk and Policy Analysis
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