James Murray is Professor of Animal Science and Population Health and Reproduction at University of California at Davis. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and his active research program focuses on genetic engineering of mammals and horse genomics. He is Chair of the organizing committee for the Transgenic Animal Research Conference hosted by the University of California-Davis, which has been held every other year since 1997, and draws internationally recognized experts in the field to discuss the latest advances. He has served on several panels of experts and published several articles to discuss the utilization of animal biotechnology in agriculture to better human lives.
Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy was appointed to serve as director of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) on May 7, 2012. As part of USDA’s Research, Education, and Extension mission, he oversees NIFA awards funds for a wide range of extramural research, education, and extension projects that address the needs of farmers, ranchers, and agricultural producers. He has published nearly 150 journal articles, book chapters, and a book. He has received a number of awards and honors as a scientist and department head, including being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science; Fellow of the Entomological Society of America; and Distinguished Graduate Alumnus of Cook College, Rutgers University.