Behnam Abasht joined University of Delaware’s faculty as an Assistant Professor in 2011. He received his PhD in Quantitative and Molecular Genetics in France from INRA-Agrocampus Rennes in 2006. He then completed a postdoctoral fellowship under Drs. Sue Lamont and Jack Dekkers’ supervision at Iowa State University. Dr. Abasht was a Research Geneticist and Genomics Project Leader at Perdue Farms, Inc. from 2008 until his appointment at the University of Delaware. His area of research is integrative avian biology with emphasis on fine-mapping and functional characterization of quantitative trait loci (QTL) in chickens.