Jeff is a PhD student in the plant breeding/molecular genetics track of Applied Plant Science. A native of New Jersey, he grew up in a family of horticulture educators, an environment that he credits for his pursuance of a career in agriculture and education. Prior to arriving at the University of Minnesota, Jeff received a BS in Plant Science from Cornell University. His research at the U of M falls under the purview of the incipient two-row barley breeding program. Currently, his projects focus on genomic selection and progeny prediction, as well as using genome editing tools to investigate the influence of row type on agronomic, malting quality, and disease resistance traits.