Claire Venard

Claire Venard
Agriculture Research Specialist

Additional Information


  • Variety Performance Testing (soybean), applied field experimentation
  • Grain crop production, agronomic production
  • Ag. Biotechnology


  • Agriculture research specialist, Department of Plant and Soil Sciences - University of Kentucky, 2011-present
  • Postdoctoral scholar, Biology Department - University of Kentucky 2010-2011
  • Postdoctoral scholar, Entomology Department - University of Kentucjy, 2007-2010
  • Graduate research assistant, Department of Plant Pathology - University of Kentucky 2002-2006
  • Technical research assistant, DOW Agrosciences, Dijon France 2001
  • Graduate research assistant, Laboratory of Plant Microbe Interactions INRA CNRS, Castanet-Tolosane, France 2000


  • 2006: PhD in Plant Pathology, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY   Dissertation title: The development of Colletotrichum graminicola inside maize stalk tissues
  • 2001: Master of Science, Health & Biotechnology - major in Plant Science and Biotechnology, University Paul Sabatier, Toulouse, France  Thesis title: Targeted inoculation of Medicago truncatula in vitro root cultures reveals MtENOD11 expression during early stages of infection by arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.
  • 2000: Master of Science in Cellular Biology and Physiology, Plant Biology major, University of Burgundy, Dijon, France
  • 1999: Bachelor’s Degree in Molecular Biology and Physiology, University of Nantes, France
  • 1997: Associate Degree in Life Science, University of Nantes, France


  • Gamma Sigma Delta, the Honor Society of Agriculture, University of Kentucky Chapter. 2005 - present
  • PhD research project sponsored by DuPont de Nemours, 2002-2006 (undisclosed)
  • Dissertation Year Fellowship, University of Kentucky. 2005-2006 - $16,000.00
  • Graduate Student Travel Award from the American Phytopathology Society Foundation 2005      - $500.00
  • Graduate Student Support Grants to fund travel to professional meetings, Graduate School, University of Kentucky. 2003 and 2005 - $500.00 each year


  • UKAg Research Publications - University of Kentucky: Venard C. M.-P. and Duckworth J. 2016 Kentucky Soybean Variety Performance Tests PR-722
  • Venard C. M.-P. and Duckworth J. 2015 Kentucky Soybean Variety Performance Tests PR-693
  • Venard C. M.-P., Phelps L. J., Abourjeily A., and Duckworth J. 2014 Kentucky Soybean Variety Performance Tests PR-689
  •  Venard C. M.-P., Hisel W., Phelps L. J., and Duckworth J. 2013 Kentucky Soybean Variety Performance Tests PR-672
  • Venard C. M.-P., Cole J. L., and Curd R. 2012 Kentucky Soybean Performance Tests PR-655
  • Venard C., Lacefield E., Kalberg K., and Bruening W. 2011 Kentucky Soybean Performance Tests PR-625


  • Essential Leader Certification, University of Kentucky – 2014 
  • Certified Pesticide Applicator, Kentucky Department of Agriculture – 2012 to present
  • Certified Crop Advisor, American Society of Agriculture – 2016 to present


  • American Society of Agronomy, 2012-present
  • Crop Science Society of America, 2012-present
  • Soil Science Society of America, 2012-present
  • Kentucky Academy of Science, 2010-present



  • Coordinates laboratory safety inspections
  • Manages Chematix database inventories
  • Coordinates building safety training