Nathan Springer received a PhD from the University of Minnesota in 2000 and his thesis research in Dr. Ron Phillips lab involved cloning of DNA methyltransferases from maize and analysis of anueploid-induced syndromes. Nathan was a post-doctoral research in Shawn Kaeppler’s group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison working on functional genomics of maize chromatin. He joined the faculty in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at the University of Minnesota in 2003. Members of the Springer lab applied classical genetic, molecular genetic and genomic approaches to study natural variation for gene expression and chromatin in maize and have published >150 papers on these topics. The Springer research group has also been involved in research on imprinting, heterosis and structural genomic variation in maize. In 2022 Nathan began a new position as the Head of Genetic and Genomic Innovation at Bayer Crop Sciences where he is involved in developing strategy to utilize genomic tools to improve plant breeding processes.