David Stern received his M. Phil. from Cambridge University in Biochemistry, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Biological Sciences. Following postdoctoral training at Univ. California, Berkeley, in plant molecular biology, he joined the Boyce Thompson Institute faculty as an Assistant Scientist in 1989, and subsequently was appointed as adjunct in the Department of Plant Biology. He currently serves as President of BTI, an office he has held since 2004, and is an Adjunct Professor of Plant Biology.