Bennetzen's research interests include plant genome structure/evolution and gene function relationships, genetic diversity in under-utilized crops of the developing world, rapid evolution of complex disease resistance loci in plants, fine structure recombinational analysis, and the co-evolution of plant/microbe and plant/parasite interactions. Much of the genome research has been related to transposable element (TE) biology, including current studies of the exceptional dynamics of TE contributions to genome structure and gene regulation.

Prof Jeffrey BennetzenProf Jeff Bennetzen

University of Georgia, Athens
Jeff Bennetzen is a Professor of Genetics and Norman Giles Eminent Scholar Chair in Molecular Biology and Functional Genomics at the University of Georgia, Athens.
He was awarded his PhD from the University of Washington in 1980. In 1983, Bennetzen became an Assistant Professor at Purdue University and eventually became a full Professor in 1991 and H. Edwin Umbarger Distinguished Professor of Genetics in 1999. After two decades at Purdue, he joined the faculty at UGA in 2003 as a Professor of Genetics and Norman Giles Eminent Scholar Chair in Molecular Biology and Functional Genomics. He was interim Head of the Department of Genetics at UGA from 2009-2011. He is also a member of UGA's interdisciplinary Institute of Bioinformatics. He founded the Maize Genetics Executive Committee (2000) and the McClintock Prize (2014). He has been a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 2004. Since 2012, he has been a 1000 Talents Professor in the Chinese Academy of Sciences at the Kunming Institute of Botany.

Please note: this is an open seminar, there is no need to register your attendance.
Click here for a map of the seminar location. ​Building entry via ramp on Chancellor's Place, opposite the bus stop. 


Level 3 Qld Biosciences Precinct (QBP) Building #80, The University of Queensland, St Lucia
Large Seminar Room (3.142)