Benjamin Julius: The Plant Cell First Author

Benjamin Julius, first author of “Maize Brittle Stalk2-Like3, encoding a COBRA protein, functions in cell wall formation and carbohydrate partitioning”

Current Position: Scientist I – Bayer Crop Science

Education: Ph.D. Biological Sciences University of Missouri-Columbia, B.S. Biology from Truman State University

Non-scientific Interests: Watching baseball/hockey/soccer, home remodeling, reading, BBQing, playing with my two children

Brief bio: Ben Julius completed his B.S in Biology at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. During his undergraduate, Ben participated in an undergraduate research project which introduced him to the field of plant biology, and more specifically corn genetics. Upon graduation, Ben continued within the corn genetics field and pursued his Ph.D in Biological Sciences working with Dr. David Braun at the University of Missouri-Columbia. While at Mizzou, Ben’s work focused on understanding the genetic control of carbohydrate partitioning in maize and its influence on plant growth and development. Ben completed his Ph.D in the spring of 2019 and soon thereafter joined Bayer Crop Science in a Scientist I position and is currently in this role. Ben is passionate about improving the global agricultural system through development of innovative and sustainable technologies.