Wayne Parrott is currently a professor of Crop Science at the University of Georgia, where he has been for the past 21 years. He conducts research on the development and deployment of transgenic crop plants, and has published over 70 journal articles in refereed publications, along with 12 book chapters and three patents. He has served on the Editorial Boards of Plant Cell Reports, Plant Cell Tissue and Organ Culture, and Crop Science. He has been elected chair of the biotechnology section of the Crop Science Society of America and of the plant section of the Society for In Vitro Biology, and is a fellow of the Crop Science Society of America.
He is actively engaged in training graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, and teaches graduate-level courses in genetics and undergraduate courses in agro ecology and sustainable agriculture. The latter course is taught on-site in Costa Rica. He has traveled extensively throughout Latin America, and worked closely with legislators and regulators in the various countries with their legal and regulatory issues relating to biotechnology. He is the scientific advisor to the Biotechnology Committee of the International Life Sciences Institute, which serves to bring the best science available to help formulate regulatory policies.
Parrott is a native of Guatemala. He has a degree in agronomy from the University of Kentucky, and MS and PhD degrees in Plant Breeding and Plant Genetics from the University of Wisconsin.