Mr. Chidanand Ullagaddi received an M.Sc. (Agriculture) specialization in Plant Biotechnology from the University of Agriculture Sciences in Bangalore,India. After completing his master’s degree he worked with ITC LTD from 2012 - 2022 as a plant breeder. His major achievements during his tenure with ITC was the development of global best FCV tobacco hybrids extensively cultivated by the farming community of Andhra-Pradesh & Karnataka states of India. He joined the lab in 2022 as a research technologist in the Department of Agronomy & Horticulture at the University of Nebraska Lincoln. His major responsibilities include, organizing, coordinating, and conducting genetic nurseries as well as plant and manage breeding field trials of Sorghum & Maize crops. He is more interested in learning data science aspects and application of those into to advanced breeding for crop improvements in cereals and pulses.