About Us | Meet the Team | Kellye Eversole

Kellye Eversole is a pioneer in agricultural genomics, biotechnology, and information technology research and a leader in the development of international, pre-competitive multidisciplinary, industry-academic research.  Since the early 1990s, Kellye has led numerous consortia and projects to obtain reference genome sequences for agriculturally important crop, livestock, and poultry species. She leads, since 2005, the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium, a public-private consortium that obtained the first gold standard reference sequence of the hexaploid bread wheat genome, one of the most complex genomes sequenced to date.  Kellye also leads, since 2016, the International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research which is pioneering a holistic, systems approach to understand the complex interactions between the biological and geophysical components of agricultural production systems and support the development of novel, site specific products for enhanced sustainability. 

In addition to her work in genomics and convergent systems, Kellye advises public and private entities on regulations related to biotechnology, microbes, as well as plant protection and microbial products. 

She has received many honors and appointments throughout her career.  In 2013, recognizing her extensive efforts in agricultural science and specifically in plant and microbial genomics, she was elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 1999, she received an Outstanding Performance Award by the National Corn Growers Association for her efforts to establish the US Plant Genome Initiative.

Kellye has published widely in several top tier journals including multiple articles in Science and Nature. She has been a sought-after speaker at over one hundred national and international conferences, workshops, seminars, and symposia.

Passionate about innovation for societal benefits, Kellye mentors entrepreneurs from emerging economies who are launching science and technology based businesses and is on the advisory board for Zaidi-STEM, a nonprofit organization supporting STEM innovation and mentoring for girls in Sub-Saharan Africa. 

Kellye grew up in Oklahoma in a farming and ranching family. This early agricultural foundation led her to pursue a career of service in support of the agricultural enterprise.  She founded Eversole Associates in 1991 following years of professional training in political science and philosophy (Oklahoma State University, George Washington University, and) and working as a professional staff member in the US Senate.  She co-owns a farm in southwestern Oklahoma.

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