Sekhar Boddupalli, PhD, has been Global Consumer R&D lead for Monsanto Vegetable Seeds Division for seven years. He is responsible for understanding flavor, color, aroma and nutrient attributes of vegetables and translating them to products such as Beneforte® broccoli and Evermild® onion to enhance consumer benefits and appeal. Prior to Monsanto Vegetables Division, he served as vice president of discovery at Galileo Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He has over 18 years of R&D experience and holds several patents and publications. He held research faculty appointments in biochemistry at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas and holds a PhD in biochemistry from the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore.