Rob Griesbach earned a Ph.D. in genetics from Michigan State University in 1980. The following year, he joined USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). Rob conducted a broad based research program in the plant genetics. In 2007, Rob joined the USDA-ARS Office of Technology Transfer (OTT). Currently, Rob is the OTT Deputy Assistant Administrator. In this position, he coordinates programs to optimize the transfer of research results across USDA-ARS to the private sector and other users for development and commercialization. Rob also provides leadership and policies advice for the management of the Agency’s intellectual property.