Executive Director

Professor Clifton A. Baile,
GRA Eminent Scholar and D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professor,
Departments of Animal and Dairy Science and Foods and Nutrition

Director Bio

Dr. Clifton A. Baile

Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Agricultural Biotechnology
and D. W. Brooks Distinguished Professor in Animal Science and Foods & Nutrition
University of Georgia

Dr. Baile is a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Agricultural Biotechnology and Distinguished Professor at The University of Georgia. At the university he has coordinated the Georgia Research Alliance’s program in Agricultural Biotechnology. This program has dual goals of conducting leading-edge research and seeding start-up companies to commercialize animal and plant biotechnology in Georgia.  In 2002 he was awarded the UGA Lamar Dodd Award for recognition of “an outstanding body of scholarly and creative activities in the sciences”.  He was recognized in 2008 with the highly meritorious D.W. Brooks Distinguished Professorship by the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences for “sustained exemplary achievements in research.”  He was the first to receive the Professorship since 1997 and only the third of the present faculty to be so honored.

Dr. Baile has a distinguished career in academic and commercial spheres with over thirty-five years experience at Harvard University, The University of Pennsylvania, The University of Georgia, SmithKline Beecham, and Monsanto Company. He has participated in the founding of seven companies and has served on the Board of Directors of AgGlobalVision, Inc., Angionics, Inc., AptoTec, Inc., InsectiGen, Inc., MetaMorphix, Inc., Oncose, Inc., and rPeptide, LLC.  He served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Georgia Research Alliance representing the other 50 GRA Eminent Scholars.  He is a member of the Georgia BIO Board and the Louisiana Gene Therapy Research Consortium.  He serves on the University of Georgia Faculty of Engineering Advisory Board.

Dr. Baile has served as a consultant to more than twenty companies, including several in the top Fortune 50.  As Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of AptoTec, Inc. and InsectiGen, Inc., Dr. Baile provides management for the research and development and commercialization programs and did the same formerly for ProLinia, Inc. and Oncose, Inc.  In 2003 he was recognized for his entrepreneurial spirit and energy by the Georgia Biomedical Partnership which presented him with a Community Award for “putting UGA on the map as one of the most active biotech business incubation centers in the Southeast.”  In 2007 Dr. Baile was presented an Alumni Citation of Merit by McPherson College.  In 2009 he was named a Fellow of the American Society of Animal Science and received the Missouri University Faculty-Alumni Award.  In 2010 he received the University of Central Missouri Alumni Award and was named an AAAS Fellow.

Dr. Baile is known internationally for his research on the control of feed intake and the regulation of energy balance in animals. His contributions to the literature on the relationships between growth, lactation and the control of feed intake include approximately 350 journal articles, 300 abstracts and presentations for scientific meetings and 17 patents.  Prior to joining the University of Georgia, Dr. Baile was employed by the Monsanto Company in St. Louis, MO, where he was a Distinguished Fellow and Director of Research and Development, Animal Sciences Division. His department successfully developed an injectible bovine somatotropin with a two-week delivery system for dairy cows. He has been successful in directing drug research and development projects from the discovery stage to FDA approval and commercialization.

Dr. Baile received his B.S. degree in Agriculture and Business from the University of Central Missouri in 1962 and his Ph.D. in Nutrition from the University of Missouri in 1964.

Support Staff

Maryanne Della-Fera
Assistant Research Scientist
Grant Preparation and Submission

Srujana Rayalam
Grant Concept Initiation and Team Coordination

Diane Hartzell
Grant RFA/PA Identification and Team Support

Deborah Hadden
Administrative Assistant