Jared Crain, PhD

Jared Crain, PhD

Research Assistant Professor
Feed the Future Applied Wheat Genomics Lab

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Jared completed his BS and MS in plant and soil science from Oklahoma State University, and a PhD in genetic from Kansas State University. His research has focused on soil fertility and nutrient management (BS and MS) to applying high-throughput phenotyping in wheat breeding programs (PhD). After completing his PhD, Jared has worked to apply genomic selection to intermediate wheatgrass, a perennial plant that is being domesticated as a grain crop.


  • Ph.D. Genetics, Kansas State University, 2016
  • M.S. Plant & Soil Science, Oklahoma State University, 2012
  • B.S. Plant & Soil Science, Oklahoma State University, 2010


Jared is the current director of the Feed the Future Applied Wheat Genomics (AWG) lab. The AWG lab is working to develop climate resilient wheat for Southeast Asia and partners with the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) and national program scientists in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan. In addition to AWG, Jared also leads genomic breeding efforts for intermediate wheatgrass (Thinopyrum intermedium) domestication in collaboration with The Land Institue, Salina, KS.