Kevin Pixley biography

Kevin Pixley is Director of the Genetic Resources Program at the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), where he helps formulate, facilitate and oversee inter-disciplinary strategies to enhance the relevance and impacts of wheat and maize research to improve livelihoods, especially for resource-poor farmers. 

His current research focuses on the genomic characterization of maize and wheat germplasm bank diversity, as well as the legal frameworks governing and opportunities promoting fair access and sharing of benefits from genetic resources. 

Pixley received his Ph.D. in plant breeding from Iowa State University.