Dr. Matthew Blair, President

mblair@tnstate.eduDr. Matthew W. Blair is a Plant Breeder and Research Associate Professor at Tennessee State University (TSU) in Nashville, Tennessee where he conducts breeding and genetics projects on legumes and dicotyledonous C4 crop plants such as cultivated amaranth. The plant genetics program goals of Dr. Blair’ lab are to have a major impact on the productivity of small-holder agriculture in the USA and internationally.

The laboratory applies molecular biology research to cultivar and crop development, uses various agronomic and physiological testing techniques for association genetics and plant breeding as well as engaging in a participatory manner with foreign aid groups, agriculture sector decision makers and farmer groups to improve crop management in the interests of resource poor farmers.

Dr. Blair has been advisor or co-advisor for a large number of graduate students, international trainees and undergraduate students (including over 33 Ph.Ds) and has supervised over ten million USD in agricultural research and development funds over the last 10 years with various international donors. Throughout his career, he has worked with the private sector, universities and non-governmental organizations.  He has published extensively in academic journals and made large contributions to gene bank entries and crop registries.