Brian Vaughan, Staff Scientist, graduated from University of California, San Diego with a BS in Cell Biology / Biochemistry. He has over 16 years of experience leading industrial and agricultural biotechnology programs for Life Technologies, Monsanto and Bayer. During his tenue at Monsanto / Bayer he was a key contributor to the largest microbial crop improvement project to date. He built a microbial characterization pipeline utilizing Next Generation Sequencing to obtain whole genome resolution for over 10,000 microbial strains per year. He has vast experience with Next Generation Sequencing, assay development, automation development and high throughput screening.