Vice President of Microbial Development & Analysis
Pivot Bio is developing and commercializing root-associated microbes that can fix atmospheric nitrogen and provide it to their associated crop plants (primarily non-legumes). We remodel the complex regulatory circuits involved in nitrogen fixation and assimilation to increase the ability of diazotrophic bacteria to replace synthetic nitrogen fertilizer. We test the remodeled microbes separately and in consortia, to evaluate their performance across multiple cereal crops in the lab, the greenhouse, and field trials. Once the best microbes are identified, we develop processes for fermentation, formulation, and commercialization. Our goal is to replace even more synthetic nitrogen fertilizer with microbial solutions, by improving and expanding our product offerings.