Jeffrey Bennetzen, Ph.D.
Molecular Biology and Functional Genomics
The University of Georgia
Dr. Bennetzen's interests include: structural and functional genomics of flowering plants, especially the molecular evolution of genome structure and gene function as it relates to crop performance.
Dr. Bennetzen researches how to increase the understanding of complex biological systems, particularly in plants because they are relatively under-investigated and because they provide the foundation of all environmental sustenance.
He is currently performing comparative genomics on several grass genomes, including maize, wheat, rice and foxtail millet, and identifying the nature and mechanisms of DNA sequence evolution in plants.
Dr. Benetzen made his decision because he believes the University of Georgia is a fine school, and the state is very supportive of higher education.