Claude Fauquet received his Ph.D. in biochemistry from University Louis Pasteur in Strasburg, France in 1974. Dr. Fauquet joined the Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), as a plant virologist for 28 years, and served in Ivory Coast, West Africa for 14 years. In 1991, he co-founded the International Laboratory for Tropical Agricultural Biotechnology (ILTAB) at The Scripps Research Institute, California with Prof. Roger Beachy. ILTAB was hosted by the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO, from 1999 to 2012. He also is a co-founder with Dr. Joe Tohme, of the Global Cassava Partnership for the 21st Century (GCP21) in 2002, which he is now directing and whose goal is to improve cassava worldwide. He published more than 300 research papers in reviewed journals and books. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of the American Phytopathological Society and a member of the St Louis Academy of Sciences. In 2007, Dr. Fauquet was knighted “Chevalier de l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques” by the French Minister of High Education and Research.