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John Dyer
Acting Area Director
Pacific West Area


Dr. Dyer received his B.A. in Chemistry from Louisiana Tech University in 1988 and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Louisiana State University in 1993. After a three-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, he joined the ARS as a Research Chemist working at the Southern Regional Research Center in New Orleans, LA, where he developed a program on the metabolic engineering of plants and microbes for production of value-added lipids and oils. He has identified and characterized many genes involved in lipid production pathways and contributed significantly to the understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms of oil production in plants. From 2004-2007, he served as Co-Chair for an international consortium focused on production of renewable oleochemicals and biofuels in plants.


After Hurricane Katrina, he joined the US Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center in Maricopa, Arizona. He served as the Research Leader for the Plant Physiology and Genetics Research Unit. The mission of this unit is to increase the productivity, profitability and sustainability of agriculture in arid environments by developing new germplasm and improving crop tolerance to abiotic stresses. He also provided leadership for a Center-wide program focused on the development and utilization of field-based, high-throughput phenotyping technologies for crop management and phenomics-based crop improvement. 


Dr. Dyer assumed his current position as Associate Area Director of the Pacific West Area in September of 2020.