Meet the Team

Dr Kristen Knight – entomologist

KristenPrior to joining Monsanto in October 2005 Kristen worked for the Queensland Department of Primary Industries for 12 years. While in her previous role Kristen worked in sucking pest management (mirids and green vegetable bug) in grain, legume and cotton crops. After completing her Masters in Sustainable Agriculture, Kristen recently received her PhD which investigated the use of biopesticides for mirids.

In her role at Monsanto Kristen manages the cotton stewardship research including; the resistance monitoring program, season long expression of the Bt proteins as well, as research to understand and re-evaluate the productivity of refuges. More recently Kristen has been completing research to support the introduction of Bollgard 3.


In their roles at Monsanto Disha, Kym and Matt all work on the resistance monitoring program which has been evaluating the baseline resistance allele frequency to the third toxin in Bollgard 3. They also contribute to the ongoing cotton stewardship research projects:

Disha Kathvadia – Laboratory Specialist

dishaDisha gained experience within Technical Services during seven years with Dalby Bio-Refinery. While in her previous role Disha worked as the Technical Services/Quality Assurance Manager where she developed the fastest sorghum fermentation in the world. Disha joined the Monsanto team in December 2013.

Kym Deaves – Laboratory Technician

kymPrior to joining Monsanto in December 2003 Kym worked for the University of Southern Queensland for 9 years. While in her previous role Kym assisted in the set up of practical classes in the Science Department.

Matt Buttsworth – Laboratory Technician

mattMatt completed his Bachelors Degree in Applied Sciences majoring in Plant Sciences at the University of Queensland before joining Monsanto in November 2011.