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Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics & Genomics: People

Wayne Parrott


Center for Applied Genetic TechnologiesWayne Parrott
111 Riverbend Road
The University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602

Phone: 706-542-0928

Research area: Molecular breeding

Additional website: Parrott Lab


Wayne Parrott received a degree in agronomy from the University of Kentucky, and MS and PhD degrees in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He joined the faculty at the University of Georgia in 1988. Since then he has been conducting research on the development, use and safety of transgenic (i.e., GM) crop plants, using grant monies from USDA-NIFA, NSF, DOE and the United Soybean Board. He has published a guide for environmental risk assessment of GMOs, along with over 90 journal articles in refereed publications and 14 book chapters. He has served terms on the editorial boards of Plant Cell Reports, Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture, and Crop Science. He has served as elected chair of the biotechnology section of the Crop Science Society of America and of the plant section of the Society for In Vitro Biology, and is a fellow of both of these societies. He is actively engaged in training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and teaches graduate-level courses in genetics and undergraduate courses in agroecology and sustainable agriculture. He has traveled extensively throughout Latin America and other countries, and advised legislators and regulators in the various countries on the requisites for a functional regulatory system that ensures the safety of GM products. He volunteers as a scientific advisor to the Biotechnology Committee of the International Life Sciences Institute, which serves to bring the best science available to help guide those who formulate regulatory policies.


Degree Field Institution Date Obtained
M.S. Plant Breeding & Plant Genetics University of Wisconsin  
Ph.D. Plant Breeding & Plant Genetics University of Wisconsin