Paul Zankowski

Paul Zankowski

Company: United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Job title: Senior Advisor for Plant Health & Production & Plant Products


Dr. Paul Zankowski is the Senior Advisor for Plant Health, Production, and Plant Products with the USDA Office of the Chief Scientist, supporting scientific prioritization and coordination across the USDA and bringing over 30 years of experience in plant sciences from basic to applied.  Previously he served as the USDA Plant Variety Protection Office Commissioner since 2001 and worked with public- and private-sector plant breeders to provide intellectual property protection through the U.S. PVP system. Prior to joining the USDA, Dr. Zankowski held multiple positions at Harris Moran Seed Company including the Director of Biotechnology and Vice President of Research since 1988. He conducted post-doctoral research at Advanced Genetic Sciences and the ARCO Plant Cell Research Institute. Dr. Zankowski received Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Plant Physiology from the University of California, Davis and a B.S. in Biology from Penn State University. 

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