Randy D. Dinkins

Randy Dinkins
Adjunct Associate Professor

Professional Profile

Areas of Interest:  Genetic improvement of crop plants utilizing molecular biology, tissue culture and transformation approaches. Specific interests include forage-animal interactions, plant growth and development, gene discovery, plant metabolic engineering.


  • 2013 - Present: Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Plant & Soil Sciences, University of Kentucky
  • 2004–2013: Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Plant & Soil Sciences. University of Kentucky
  • 2004–Present: Research Plant Molecular Geneticist, Forage-Animal Production Research Unit, USDA-ARS, Lexington KY
  • 2003–2004: Research Assistant Professor, Department of Agronomy, University of Kentucky
  • 1995-2003: Research Specialist, Department of Agronomy, University of Kentucky
  • 1994-1995: Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Agronomy; University of Kentucky
  • 1992-1994: Canadian Government Visiting Fellow; Ag. Canada; Fredericton, NB, Canada.


  • 1992 Ph.D. Botany; University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
  • 1984 M.S. Agronomy; Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, OK.
  • 1979 B.A. Philosophy; St. Andrews Presbyterian College, Laurinburg, NC.