Benildo de los Reyes
College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, Department of Plant and Soil Science
Benildo de los Reyes, an expert molecular geneticist, has been named professor of plant genomics and Bayer CropScience Chair with the Department of Plant and Soil Science, effective Jan. 1. De los Reyes indicated that breeding the next generation of climate-resilient crops will have to rely on innovative research that could create novel plant attributes yet to be achieved by decades of molecular plant breeding and genetic engineering. Employing a genome-centered research paradigm on a tractable reference crop species such as rice, his laboratory is establishing the foundation for creating complex genomic and epigenomic configurations that could lead to novel stress physiological attributes. Prior to joining the Tech faculty, De los Reyes was a tenured faculty member at the University of Maine's School of Biology and Ecology, and Department of Molecular and Biomedical Sciences, moving through the ranks of assistant professor, associate professor and professor of molecular genetics from 2004 to 2012. He also served as the school's associate director until his departure in December 2015 to join the faculty of Plant and Soil Science at Texas Tech. Earlier he worked as a postdoctoral research associate at Michigan State University's Department of Crop and Soil Sciences, a graduate research associate at Oklahoma State University's Department of Plant and Soil Sciences, and a graduate research assistant at Pennsylvania State University's Department of Horticulture. De los Reyes received his bachelor of science degree in biology with a concentration in genetics from the University of the Philippines-Los Banos. His master's degree in genetics and biochemistry was from the University of the Philippines-Los Banos and the International Rice Research Institute. He obtained his doctorate in plant science with concentration in cellular and molecular biology at Oklahoma State University.