Philip J. Kear was born in Wales, UK. He graduated from Imperial College of Science and Technology, University of London in 1999, with a B.Sc (Hons) in Horticulture. Philip spent nearly 7 years teaching Biology and instructing students in molecular biology lab in Yanbian University of Science and Technology, China. Then in 2007 he spent 1 year at the international research center CIP in Lima, Peru, studying self-incompatibility in plants, before moving to the US in 2008. He continued working at the University of Missouri on self-incompatibility for 2 years, before beginning work at Cornell University for 1 year prior to becoming a student. In 2011, Philip started a PhD in Plant Breeding and Genetics under the direction of Margaret Smith, PhD., focused on genetic homeostasis of the micronutrients iron and zinc in corn and how biofortification can be used as a sustainable method to remediate human iron and zinc deficiencies around the world. Philip has taught molecular biology in North Korea while a student at Cornell and frequently travels to Mexico as part of his fieldwork. Philip is currently in his 4th year of study at Cornell and hopes to work in the area of international agriculture and development.