A regulatory scientist is responsible for the management and strategy of a product through the regulatory process. They are also responsible for conducting studies and then communicating their findings to regulatory agencies both in the U.S. and in other countries to ensure the safety of crops, chemistry and other products consumers use.
What Responsibilities Will I Have?:
- Conduct molecular biology studies needed to complete profiles for crop approvals
- Plan and execute screening and characterization studies
- Communicate with regulatory agencies in the United States and abroad
- Provide detailed reports on study results to regulatory agencies
- Overcome technical issues that may arise
- Develop policies and lead program implementation to be compliant with regulations
- Plan and conduct grower trainings on product usage and disposal
- Design and conduct studies in order to assure product safety and effectiveness
- Develop biochemical tests to identify and quantify proteins associated with biotechnology traits
- Use bioinformatics to determine the next generation of DNA sequencing data
- Keep thorough records of data gathered
- Ensure studies go along with guidelines used to determine validity
- Develop and track budgets for studies conducted
Recommended High School Courses:
The following high school courses are recommended: agricultural education, a focus on sciences such as animal science, chemistry and biology, and mathematics.
A bachelor’s degree in plant biology, genetics, biochemistry or related fields is required. Professional education in an area such as agricultural law may be required.