Joey Terranova's Indigo Agriculture Story

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How does your company, or manager, measure whether or not you are successful in your role?

"My success is measured by the timeliness of reporting data and adhering to the schedules we set. Any and all adjustments to the schedule are brought to my manager's attention as soon as they are brought to mine. While I feel I have room for improvement, I can say that I have maintained a high level of reporting on the results of the various experiments that I am tasked with executing."

Joey Terranova

How do you collaborate with other parts of the organization?

"Bioprocessing collaborates with almost every function within Indigo. We are the first stop for optimizing candidates that are identified to be the best for crops and we are the last stop before our outside collaborators take our work and produce our product in large scale."

Joey Terranova

How does Indigo help to encourage a healthy lifestyle?

"Indigo supports a healthy lifestyle by offering amazing lunches three times a week as well as exercise and gym incentives. Hosting yoga classes, boot camps, and encouraging coworkers to stay fit and healthy are great incentives to stay at peak health!"

Joey Terranova

What would you say are Indigo's core values, and why do they resonate with you?

"Indigo's core values of sustainability and green approaches to how we operate resonate with me on a personal level. My household recycles almost triple of what we produce as "garbage" and it is refreshing to work for a company that values the environment as much as I personally do."

Joey Terranova

What's your favorite part about working in the Indigo lab?

"My favorite part about working in the lab at Indigo is the vast array of microorganisms we get to work with. I love coming in everyday and working with a large variety of endyphytic and soil-borne organisms and gaining a deep understanding of their function as well as what will make them proliferate to higher densities than in nature."

Joey Terranova

What is your background and how did you end up in your current job?

"My background is in cell biology and biotechnology. I have been working in the biotechnology/pharma/agriculture industries for the better part of a decade. I found an opening for a Research Associate here at Indigo and was won over by the company's website and their dedication to creating a natural and sustainable way to increase product yield for farmers all around the world."

Joey Terranova

How did you prepare for the interview for this role?

"I studied up on the company and did reading to familiarize myself with the variety of organisms I would be exposed to. I also brushed up my resume to reflect what an asset I would be working in the Bioprocessing group as I have handled large volumes of work and intricate experiments all while managing a team of both full time employees and interns."

Joey Terranova

What are some of the interview questions you were asked?

"I was asked about my background, how well I work in a hectic and fast-paced environment, and how well I worked in a team environment. I was also asked how my personal values measured up with the company's values. I felt, after my interview, that Indigo would be the perfect place for me to grow while also being able to provide a high level of work and results to optimize the products that Indigo has in their pipeline."

Joey Terranova

What opportunities do you think this role prepares you for in the future?

"My role in the company is preparing me for large optimization fermentation experiments. It has also prepared me in respects to time, resource, and personnel management. I feel I am being utilized to fulfill all of these aspects of the job while maintaining a high level of integrity in the lab work that is performed either directly by myself or by my team members."

Joey Terranova

What's the hardest challenge you've had thus far in your job?

"The hardest challenge I've faced thus far is coordinating multi-month stability experiments while also running several rounds of fermentations. I have had to maintain timely data collection and reporting as well as maintaining a clean and contamination-free environment to cultivate the various organisms we are tasked with working on."

Joey Terranova

How are you mentored in your company and are there opportunities for you to mentor others?

"My manager mentors me and pushes me to work past what I think I am capable of on a daily basis. I feel that I am constantly improving my methodology and my management skills with minimal mistakes. I have mentored many in my previous companies through internship programs that the companies have offered, and Indigo is no exception. I feel that I mentor the interns and foster a respectful working environment. I try to listen to their thought processes and take their knowledge into consideration for experiments and the responses that they require."

Joey Terranova

What do you do on a day-to-day basis?

"Mornings are reserved for confirming responses for the day, booking resources, and entering data. The bulk of my day is spent ensuring my colleagues have the resources they need to get our experiments done on time and, if not able to adhere to the schedule, adjusting our plans to fit what is possible for the day. I work with several representatives of various groups to ensure the labs can generate the data that will propel our company and our products forward."

Joey Terranova

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