Dr. Jeff Dean is the current Head of the Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology at Mississippi State University and the Executive Vice President of the Mississippi Entomological Association. He holds a PhD in Biochemistry from Purdue University, and pursued postdoctoral research at the USDA-ARS Plant Hormone Laboratory at Beltsville, MD. Prior to coming to Mississippi State in 2014, Dr. Dean spent 24 years at the University of Georgia where he held a number of faculty and administrative positions in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, and the Institute of Bioinformatics. His past research focused mostly on the growth and development of vascular tissues in plants and the effect of biotic and abiotic stresses on wood-forming tissues in trees. In recent years he has used molecular and genomic approaches to study peptide effectors produced by insects that modulate plant responses. His Twitter stream @BCHEPPDeptHead compiles information related to his research interests, the department and Mississippi State University, higher education, global agriculture, and a bit of humor.