Jared Decker, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor and Beef Genetics Extension Specialist

University of Missouri

In addition to Dr. Decker’s faculty position in the Division of Animal Sciences, he is a member of the Genetics Area Program and University of Missouri Informatics Institute. Decker received his B.S. from New Mexico State University, graduating with top honors. He majored in Animal Science with a minor in Biology. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of Missouri in Genetics, with a Ph.D. minor in Statistics.
Jared grew up on a small farm in northwest New Mexico where his family raised registered cattle. He now owns a small farm in Mid-Missouri to teach his kids the value of hard work. He is working to help stakeholders in the beef industry better understand the rapidly changing genetic
technologies. His research focuses on understanding the history and selection of cattle breeds and improving the cost and accuracy of genomic tests. He is active on social media and his website A Steak in Genomics.