Matthew Geniza is a local Corvallis resident studying in the Molecular & Cellular Biology PhD program with Dr. Pankaj Jaiswal in the Department of Botany & Plant Pathology. Geniza’s research involves computational biology, bioinformatics, and biotechnology. Geniza analyzes gene expression in rice and is generating a transcriptome resource for chia plants. One of his many projects in the program is to expose crop plants and poplar trees to abiotic and biotic stress. Part of the Environmental Health & Safety unit at OSU, Geniza is responsible for laboratory regulatory standards and safety practices.

Originally from Maui, Hawaii, Geniza moved to Corvallis where he attended the local public schools and received a Bachelor's degree in Biology at OSU. During his undergraduate career, Geniza received plenty of valuable internship experience through the United States Department of Energy and Oregon Health & Science University. When he is not in the laboratory, Geniza spends his time in golf courses around Oregon. Playing golf since he was 8 years old, Geniza has participated in many tournaments in the country. Geniza strongly believes in the power of networking and collaborating with other scientists around the country–whether it is in the laboratory, conference, or on the golf course. Geniza aims to complete his graduate degree and transition to future work in a clinical setting.