John C. Sanford
Courtesy Associate Professor
Department of Horticultural Sciences
New York State Agricultural Experiment Station
Geneva, NY 14456
Minnesota-St. Paul BS 1976 Horticulture
Wisconsin-Madison MS 1978 Plant Breeding/Plant Genetics
Wisconsin-Madison PhD 1980 Plant Breeding/Plant Genetics
My central research objectives have involved:
- Developing new genetic transformation technologies
- Developing new approaches to genetically engineer disease and insect resistance in horticultural plants
- Conventional breeding of strawberries and raspberries
My most significant accomplishments were:
- Primary inventor of the biolistic (gene gun) process
- Co-inventor of the Pathogen-derived Resistance (PDR) process
- Co-inventor of the Genetic Vaccination process
- Primary inventor of numerous conventionally-bred fruit varieties.
- Gene gun process used to engineer most of the world's trangenic crops.
I am presently looking at the theoretical limits of mutation/selection.
Recent and Current Projects
Academic Positions Held
- 1998- present Courtesy Associate Professor, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences
- 1994-1998 Associate Professor, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, Cornell University.
- 1986-1994 Associate Professor, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, Cornell University. Responsibilities - 100% research.
- 1980-1986 Assistant Professor (as above).
- Adjunct Assoc. Prof. of Botany - Duke University, Durham, NC.
- Distinguished Inventor Award (W. Greatbatch, J. Sanford) 1995, Gene therapy for retroviruses. Central New York Patent Law
- Association. Distinguished Inventor Award (J. Sanford, E. Wolf, N. Allen) 1990, Central New York Patent Law Association.
- Over 75 publications and over 25 patents.