Ryan Christian is the Technical Director at Yakima Chief Ranches. Ryan grew up in Colville, WA, where he first became interested in agriculture through home gardening and interacting with local farmers. He studied plant science while attending Washington State University, receiving a Bachelor’s in Agricultural Biotechnology in 2013, and a PhD in Molecular Plant Sciences in 2019. During graduate school, Ryan developed a passion for home brewing, which led him to join the team at Yakima Chief Ranches after completing his doctoral studies. Ryan brings expertise in plant genetics, physiology, and molecular biology to the team with which he supports the breeding program and manages research efforts. Outside of work, Ryan enjoys cooking, hiking, kayaking, trivia, and board games.