Dr. Gina Zastrow-Hayes
Genomics Technology Leader at Corteva Agriscience
Gina Zastrow-Hayes graduated with a degree in Microbiology from the University Wisconsin Madison in 2000 and since has worked in the field of Genomics spanning toxicology, cancer biology, circadian biology and agricultural biotechnology. She established Genomics and cell-based screening facilities at the Scripps Research Florida campus and University of Pennsylvania and joined the DuPont Pioneer Genomics group in 2008 where she has expanded the use of next generation sequencing technologies for breeding, transgene and gene editing applications. Gina is currently a Technology Leader in the Genomics group and is responsible for a team that manages long and short read sequencing technologies. Her areas of expertise include whole genome sequencing for reference genome production, RNA sequencing applications for gene expression and targeted applications for gene editing molecular characterization and genotyping by sequencing. In 2020 and 2021 she has been part of the COVID molecular diagnostics team, leading test development and implementation.