Barry Goldman, PhD

Vice President, Discovery
For millennia, plants have evolved in concert with their microbiome. When humans began domesticating plants, such as teosinte (the ancestor to corn) they unintentionally disrupted this coevolution. Modern agricultural practices have intensified this disruption, greatly diminishing the microbial diversity of crops. At Indigo, we work to restore this diversity. It’s hard work, but it’s critical work, as it addresses one of the greatest challenges ahead of us — feeding a ballooning population in the face of climate change. This is the challenge that drives us.

Barry Goldman is the Vice President and Head of Discovery at Indigo. Using novel computational, sequencing and laboratory technologies, he is responsible for identifying the microbes that enable Indigo’s first generation of products.

Barry brings more than 20 years of experience in agriculture and life sciences. Most recently, he was the Head of Microbial Discovery at Monsanto, where he was responsible for developing high-throughput pipelines for identifying bacteria that could be mined for genes of interest.

Prior to this, Barry was the Head of Computational Biology at Monsanto where he led the integration of next generation sequencing data for decision making. He was also responsible for enabling the company to move research data analytics to a cloud-based platform.

Barry holds PhD in Microbiology from the University of Utah. He has over 30 peer-reviewed publications as well as 8 patents. Having grown up in the Chicago area, Barry has finally reaped the rewards of being a third generation Cubs fan.

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