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Dr. Roger N. Beachy

President Emeritus
Donald Danforth Plant Science Center
Professor of Biology
Washington University in St. Louis



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Dr. Roger Beachy was appointed by President Obama as the first Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) in October, 2009 and serving through May, 2011. He served as Chief Scientist of USDA from January – October, 2010. Prior to this appointment, Beachy was the founding president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri. From 1991 to 1998, he headed the Division of Plant Biology at The Scripps Research Institute Professor as Scripps Family Chair in Cell Biology. Dr. Beachy was Professor in the Biology Department at Washington University in St. Louis, and Director of the Center for Plant Science and Biotechnology from 1978-1991. There, his research team, in collaboration with Monsanto scientists, developed the first genetically modified food crop, a variety of tomato that was modified for resistance to virus disease.
Dr. Beachy was elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, was awarded the Wolf Prize in Agriculture (2001), and is a fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Academy of Microbiology, Foreign Associate of the National Academy of Science India, the Indian National Science Academy, and The Third World Academy of Sciences, and Fellow in the Academy of Science of St. Louis. He received the Bank of Delaware’s Commonwealth Award for Science and Industry (1991) and the Ruth Allen award 1990 from the American Phytopathological Society (1990), among other awards. Beachy has served as a member of a wide variety of governance boards for non-profit organizations as well as for-profit entities.

Dr. Beachy holds a Ph.D. in plant pathology from Michigan State University and B.A. in biology from Goshen College in Goshen, Indiana.

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