Holding previous appointments as Research Scientist and Ph.D at Wageningen University and Research Pádraic will lead Infarm’s continuous efforts to improve the quality, flavor, and freshness of Infarm produce for sustainable, vertical farming.
In addition, Pádraic will drive the development of a dynamic breeding program to adapt grains, legumes, and other staple crops for vertical farming. Infarm will use the insights from this program to help return the land currently devoted to these staples to nature and biodiversity while striving towards a positive impact on both people and planet, and more sustainable agriculture.
Prior to joining Infarm, Pádraic served as a research scientist at Wageningen University and Research, one of the world’s top agricultural research institutions, where he also completed his Ph.D. in Natural Genetic Variation in Plant Photosynthesis. Previously, Pádraic held an appointment at the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research.
Over the past decade, Pádraic has worked in universities and knowledge institutes using genetics to understand a range of key scientific questions ranging from photosynthesis to how plants adapt to extreme environments. Witnessing first hand the global environmental catastrophe that is unfolding around us motivated Pádraic to look for ways to use his knowledge to create a more sustainable world.
Pádraic is passionate about science, plants, and food and has won the international science communication award FameLab for his efforts to share this passion. Pádraic resides in Wageningen, the Netherlands with his wife and two children.