Steve Briggs received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and spent the first half of his career in industry, most recently as Sr. Vice President for Corporate Research at Diversa. Previously he was President of Torrey Mesa Research Institute and before that he was Director at Pioneer/DuPont for several research areas including genomics. Briggs has been Co-editor of The Plant Cell; he serves on the Scientific Advisory Board, Keystone Symposia and the Board of Advisors, Plant Sciences Institute, Iowa State University; he is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.