Dr. Joyce Van Eck is an associate professor and director of the Center for Plant Biotechnology Research at the Boyce Thompson Institute in Ithaca, NY. She is also an adjunct faculty member of the Plant Breeding and Genetics Section at Cornell University. Dr. Van Eck received her undergraduate degree in Plant Biology from the Pennsylvania State University, a M.S. from the University of Delaware, and a Ph.D. in Plant Breeding and Genetics from Cornell University. The focus of research in the Van Eck laboratory is biotechnological approaches to the study of gene function and crop improvement. For her studies, she applies genetic engineering strategies including gene editing to food crops, such as grape, potato, and tomato, in addition to several model species (Setaria viridis, Brachypodium distachyon, and Asclepias syriaca).