Robert Griesbach

Deputy Assistant Administrator Office of Technology Transfer


Rob Griesbach earned a Ph.D. in genetics from Michigan State University in 1980. The following year, he joined USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS). Rob conducted a broad based research program in the plant genetics. He authored over 125 scientific papers and popular publications, as well as, presented over 200 scientific seminars and popular talks. Rob currently is the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Technology Transfer. He provides leadership, policies and procedures related to the management of intellectual property, patenting and licensing. In this role, Rob coordinates programs to optimize the transfer of research results across USDA-ARS to the private sector and other users for development and commercialization.