Dr Mei-Lie Tan, the managing director and owner of Crea Nova Consultancy, has taken an inter-disciplinary approach to accomplish her educational, career and life goals. Her story is a testament to the power of collaboration, perseverance and innovative thinking.
In this episode of Plant Breeding Stories, Dr Tan shares how degrees in plant phytopathology, cell and molecular biology and plant breeding have helped her become a more holistically-thinking problem solver. We learn what it takes to build a biotech research lab for a multinational seed company from scratch and why she eventually quit working for other people to establish her own company. Dr Tan also reveals why she believes that diversity is the secret ingredient for success and discusses how advances in human medicine could shape the future of plant cell research.