Vincent A. Brazelton Jr.
Scientist, Agriculturalist, and Designer in Chesterfield, Missouri
I WILL HELP FEED THE WORLD!
By the year 2050 it is estimated that we will need to meet the nutritional needs of more than nine billion people! Coupled with a scarcity of arable land, limited freshwater resources, urban expansion, and overall climate change, meeting the growing demand for quality food, fiber, and energy presents an exciting challenge!
I got my first taste of "agriculture" as a high school intern in the Food Biotechnology lab at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. From the moment I stepped into the lab, I found myself completely infatuated with the idea of using biotechnology to help improve traditional agricultural practices. At 17, I was convinced that I wanted to dedicate my life to providing quality food and fiber to people across the world!
This experience led me to Tuskegee University where I received my Bachelor's in Environmental Science (special emphasis in plant and soil science). During my tenure at Tuskegee, I sought to diversify my experience through various internships focusing on traditional wet-lab techniques as well as best land use practices to improve sustainability and conserve cropland.
After graduation I matriculated to Iowa State University to complete my Master's in Genetics, focusing on computational tools to aid in peanut gene modification to reduce allergenicity. Above all else, I am a passionate agriculturalist with plans to lead the next wave of innovators that will solve the world's most pressing agricultural, environmental, and bioethical issues.
• Science Policy/Bioethics
• Ag. Business
• Plant/Environmental Science
• Diversity/inclusion in STEM
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