Michael Braverman earned his Ph.D. in Horticulture at the University of Florida and is a former Fulbright Scholar to Thailand. He joined IR-4 in 1999 directing field and laboratory residue studies and subsequently managed efficacy and regulatory affairs with biopesticides. He currently manages international capacity building programs, facilitates harmonization of regulations, and integration of biopesticides for conventional and organic systems. Through the Biopesticide Program, EPA registrations have been achieved involving microorganisms, natural products, pheromones and biotechnology products. Successful international programs have resulted in establishment of new global trade standards.
He has held positions as an Extension Vegetable Specialist with Texas A&M and as a Rice Weed Scientist at Louisiana State University and has taught classes in Vegetable Production, Introduction to Horticulture and Herbicide Physiology. He has also held numerous field trainings on sprayer calibration and Good Laboratory Practices. Michael enjoys fishing and raising unusual tropical vegetables. He speaks Thai and likes eating spicy food.