Dr. Bennetzen received a Ph.D. in 1980 from the University of Washington in Seattle for investigations of gene function and evolution in brewer’s yeast. After a one-year postdoctoral fellowship and two years in industry, he joined Purdue University as a faculty member in 1983. In 2003, he moved to the University of Georgia as the Giles Professor. He is an elected fellow of the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Dr. Bennetzen has published more than 200 refereed research articles.