Dr. Allen Van Deynze is the Director of Research at the Seed Biotechnology Center at University of California, Davis. Allen received a BSc. and MSc. degree in plant science from the University of Manitoba, Canada and his Ph. D. in plant breeding from the University of Guelph, Canada. He did a postdoctorate in molecular genetics at Cornell University in the Dept. of Plant Breeding and Biometry. Allen worked as a plant breeder for Calgene/Monsanto and Senior Scientist for Celera AgGen where he developed and implemented strategies to incorporate genomics and biotechnology into breeding programs. As part of the SBC’s mission to serve as a liaison between public institutions and seed industry, Allen is responsible for developing, coordinating and conducting research and generating and disseminating scientific and informational content for the Seed Biotechnology Center’s educational and outreach programs. His research focuses on developing and integrating genomics into plant breeding of California crops. He has programs on cotton, lettuce, carrot, spinach, tomato, potato and particularly improving disease resistance and quality in pepper. With Dr. Kent Bradford he co-developed and is organizer for the Plant Breeding Academy and past chair of the US Plant Breeding Coordinating Committee.