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Eric W. Jackson

Research Molecular Biologist
U.S. Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Research Service


Photo of Eric Jackson Eric Jackson is a research molecular biologist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Agricultural Research Service (ARS) in Aberdeen, Idaho. His current assignments are focused on improving small grains germplasm, particularly oat and barley, by developing and applying genomic tools to facilitate development of new cultivars. He has published numerous scientific papers about oats.
Eric graduated from Missouri Southern State University with a bachelor’s degree in biology. He earned his masters degree in plant pathology from the University of Arkansas and his Ph.D. in Plant Sciences with an emphasis in plant genetics and molecular biology at Arkansas. Eric did a post doctoral fellowship with the USDA ARS under Dr. Mike Bonman developing next generation molecular phenotyping assays for oat crown rust.

His interest in agriculture stems from a family history of farming, were he spent several summers working on his uncle’s grain farms in mid-western Minnesota.

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