Dr. C.L. Niblett 

Chuck received his B. S. in Botany from the University of New Hampshire, and his Ph. D. in Plant Pathology at the University of California, Riverside. For 11 years he was a faculty member at Kansas State University, researching viruses of wheat, corn and sorghum. He then became Professor and Chair of the Plant Pathology Department at the University of Florida and continued his research there on the molecular biology of citrus viruses.

 He served as Principal Investigator on numerous grants throughout his academic career from agencies such as the USDA, the Food and Agriculture Organization of The United Nations (FAO), the Rockefeller Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development (AID), AgBio companies and grower organizations. He was a consultant for a number of international agencies, developing a strategic 10 year biotechnology teaching and research plan for Chile for FAO and served as an external reviewer of two domestic university plant pathology departments, the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT), Cali, Columbia for FAO, and the Cassava Biotechnology Network for the Rockefeller Foundation.

 He has been an external grant reviewer for numerous state, federal and international organizations. His major scientific achievements include co-development of a commercially successful virus-resistant wheat variety (Newton) and development of a molecular method for detecting and differentiating strains of citrus tristeza virus (CTV). He has collaborated extensively with agricultural scientists in more than 20 countries, describing with local scientists the strains of CTV present, and in documenting in Costa Rica the spread of the brown citrus aphid, the most efficient vector of CTV. He has authored six book chapters, over 70 refereed publications and five patents.

In 2002 he co-founded Venganza and moved it to St. Louis, MO to benefit from the plant biotechnology activity and investment climate. In 2007 he moved Venganza, Inc. to The Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University (NCSU) following the signing of a research agreement with a major plant biotechnology company in NC. He was PI on a successful NSF SBIR Phase I award in 2006 and has collaborations with several faculty members at NCSU.