Jillian joined CSU STRATA in 2020 and serves as Director of Strategic Partnerships. She is passionate about generating genuine relationships that drive innovative, sustainable science forward. Jillian began at CSU STRATA as Director of Licensing and Business Development after over 15 years of service at CSU Fort Collins. During her time in the College of Agricultural Sciences she provided oversight and stewardship of external research relationships with corporate, academic, government and non-profit entities as Director of Strategic Partnerships in the Dean’s office. She spent seven years doing global research and managing a large, international molecular plant pathology lab at CSU. She also spent two years as a senior scientist at an algae biofuel start-up company.
Jillian earned a B.S. in Biology from SUNY Fredonia, a M.S. in Plant Pathology and a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from CSU.