Chris is a lifelong scientist with a deep curiosity about the inner workings of living things. He received his PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1999 and has since published over 100 scientific papers, reviews, and book chapters on the topics of virology, microbiology, evolution, genetics, and plant biology. His research goals as a Lead Scientist for the United States Department of Agriculture are to help achieve a globally sustainable, healthy, and affordable food supply. He is blessed by his gifted wife with a passion for literature and his 3 amazing homeschooled children. Together they enjoy learning, exploring nature, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.