Dan Voytas is the Chief Science Officer at Calyxt – an agricultural biotechnology company he helped launch in 2010. Calyxt is dedicated to using the tools of genome engineering for crop improvement. Voytas is one of the inventors of the TALEN technology, and he continues to optimize the use of TALENs for the targeted modification of plant genomes. In addition to his role at Calyxt, Voytas is a professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Development at the University of Minnesota (UMN) and Director of the UMN’s Center for Genome Engineering. Voytas graduated from Harvard College in 1984 and received his Ph.D. in genetics from Harvard Medical School in 1990. He conducted postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. In 1992, Voytas joined the faculty at Iowa State University, and in 2008, he joined the faculty at the UMN.