Michael M. Neff, .
Dr. Neff grew up on the East Coast in Baltimore, Maryland where he attended the Friends (Quaker) school for his K-12 education. He moved to Colorado Springs in 1981 and was a biology major focusing on ecology at the Colorado College. At the same time, his parents moved to Seattle, Washington. Visits to the Northwest convinced Dr. Neff to move further west where he became more interested in bench-related research. It was while working in a virology lab at the University of Washington that he met his wife, Sandy O’Keefe. A fascination with plants led Dr. Neff to pursue a . degree in Botany at the University of Washington. After working as a lab technician in a yeast genetics lab with Dr. Trisha Davis, Dr. Neff rejoined the University of Washington Department of Botany to pursue his ., studying plant physiology with Dr. Elizabeth Van Volkenburgh. After graduating in 1995, Dr. Neff was a NIH postdoctoral fellow studying plant molecular genetics with Dr. Joanne Chory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla California. He was a faculty member in the Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri from 1999 to 2007 before accepting the new Crop Biotechnology faculty position in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Washington State University.