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Carlos Hernandez-Garcia, PhD
Genome Editing Lead & Interim Site Lead, CTC Genomics
Describe your journey to BRDG Park
I joined the BRDG Park community in 2018 as part of the initial team that established operations for CTC (Sugarcane Technology Center) in the USA. CTC is a leading Brazilian company focused on research, development, and marketing of varieties of sugarcane. At the CTC Genomics in St Louis, we are focused on harnessing the latest technologies in molecular and cell biology to develop novel improved sugarcane varieties via genome editing. Before that, I worked for Calyxt where I led the vector construction pipeline and supported initiatives aimed at improving tissue culture and transformation processes. Calyxt is a successful startup and pioneer in genome editing, producing the first commercial genome-edited product (high oleic soybean oil) using the TALEN genome editing technology. I hold a PhD from the Ohio State University and a postdoc in synthetic biology from Berkeley National Laboratory.
What are you excited to be working on right now?
As a leader, I am enthusiastic and pleased to be working with a very talented team committed to advancing tools and methods for genome editing, along with conducting early phases of trait development. As a scientist, having the opportunity to contribute directly to the next generation of biotech products within our company is priceless career-wise. I am also very excited about my current challenge to integrate our site and our USA team with the rest of the company in Brazil while procuring more external visibility within the innovation community both in the USA and LATAM. Lastly, I am personally excited to continue to be part of 39 North and the St Louis innovation community as it matches my current effort and interest to adventure outside my scientific role into the innovation and business world.
What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I am an extrovert person who lives by the motto: “a stranger is just a friend you haven’t met”, and as such, I enjoy attending social events to connect within the community and make new friends and acquaintances. Similarly, I love contributing to a stronger and more connected community. Since I relocated to St. Louis, I have been organizing a monthly happy hour at microbreweries across the metro area. These offer a casual and friendly atmosphere to make new friends and connections within our innovation ecosystem. I also enjoy outdoor activities such as hiking, and I am a big fan of the national parks. I am interested in learning more about Brazilian culture and took on the challenge to learn Portuguese.