ASPB Leadership

Harry Klee

Harry Klee

ASPB President

Harry Klee holds the Dickman Chair for Plant Improvement at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, where he moved in 1995 after 11 years at Monsanto. Harry’s research interests center around the biochemistry and genetics underlying flavor in tomato and other fruit crops, and he has pioneered the use of transgenic plants to elaborate in vivo hormone function.

Robert Last

Robert Last

ASPB President Elect

Robert (Rob) Last is Barnett Rosenberg Professor of Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Michigan State University (MSU). Rob began his independent research career at the Boyce Thompson Institute, serving as an adjunct faculty member at Cornell University, before becoming founding science director at Cereon Genomics. Following four years with Cereon, Rob joined the National Science Foundation Biology Directorate for an 18-month rotation before assuming his current position at MSU. Rob’s overarching research interest is understanding how higher plants use metabolism to adapt to the environment, and how primary consumers of plant foods ─ including humans ─ benefit from these metabolic strategies.

Sally Mackenzie

Sally Mackenzie

ASPB Past President

Sally A. Mackenzie is the Lloyd and Dottie Huck Chair for Functional Genomics and Professor for Biology and Plant Science at the Pennsylvania State University. Previously, Sally was on the faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), serving as Founding Director for the Center for Plant Science Innovation at UNL from 1999-2010. Before that, Sally served on the faculty from Assistant to Full Professor at Purdue University, which she joined in 1988. Sally’s research interests focus on the role of nuclear—organellar genetic interactions in the control of plant growth and development.