Joseph EckerPlant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory, The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego, CA, USA F1000 Section Head (since 13 July 2001)
BIOGRAPHYJoseph R. Ecker, a professor in the Plant Biology Laboratory, is one of the nation's leading authorities on the molecular biology and genetics of plants. Ecker was a principal investigator in the multinational project that sequenced the genome of Arabidopsis thaliana, a modest weed that has become a model organism for the study of plant genetics. This wild mustard variety is the first plant to have its genome sequenced, an achievement expected to have widespread implications for agriculture and perhaps human medicine as well.
Ecker is also widely regarded as one of the foremost experts on how the gaseous hormone ethylene regulates a variety of basic plant processes. For agriculture, ethylene gas is a vital chemical messenger important for such processes as fruit ripening and how plants respond to pathogenic organisms.
B.A., Biology/Chemistry, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, N.J.
Ph.D., Microbiology, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
Postdoctoral fellow, Stanford University School of Medicine
Awards and Honors
2007 National Academy of Sciences, John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science
2006 Elected, National Academy of Sciences
2005 American Society for Plant Biology, Martin Gibbs Medal
2004 Scientific American 50 Research Leader of the Year
2004 International Plant Growth Substances Association Distinguished Research Award
2001 Kumho Science International Award in Plant Molecular Biology
President International Society for Plant Molecular Biology
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