Fellow of ASPB Award

Established in 2007, the Fellow of ASPB award may be granted in recognition of distinguished and long-term contributions to plant biology and service to the Society by current members in areas that include research, education, mentoring, outreach, and professional and public service. Current members of ASPB who have contributed to the Society for at least 10 years are eligible for nomination. Recipients of the Fellow of ASPB honor, which may be granted to no more than 0.2% of the current membership each year, receive a certificate of distinction and a lapel pin.

Robin Buell

C. Robin Buell

Michigan State University

Robin deploys cutting-edge genomics approaches in large-scale efforts to address key biological questions, many of which directly impact agriculture. She plays leadership roles in sequencing and annotating the rice and potato genomes and documenting genetic diversity in these and other organisms. In addition to her research contributions, Robin has also served ASPB and the plant biology community through her work on the editorial board of The Plant Cell and previously on the Plant Physiology editorial board for 12 years, which demonstrates her commitment to a core mission of ASPB and to the plant science community.

Krishna Niyogi

Krishna K. Niyogi

Howard Hughes Medical Institute, University of California

Kris has added a new dimension to our understanding of photosynthesis through his studies demonstrating how algae and land plants deal with excess light energy and avoid the major problem of photo damage. He unquestionably ranks among the very top investigators studying photosynthesis and physiology in algae. Kris has also served ASPB by contributing reviews and book chapters, including a chapter in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology of Plants. He has been a member of the Charles Albert Shull Award Committee, coeditor of The Plant Cell, and chair of the Publications Committee. He has also served on several review and advisory committees and scientific boards.

Bijay Singh

BASF Plant Science

A central focus of Bijay’s research has been branched chain amino acid biosynthesis, as well as identification of chemical inhibitors as tools to understand metabolism, and as herbicides with agronomic utility. Bijay’s commitment to ASPB is evident in his long-term membership and service on various committees. He has been a member of the International Committee and has served as mentor at the ASPB Career Center at the annual meetings. In addition, he conceived the idea and led the effort for ASPB to establish two new awards: the E. E. Conn Young Investigator Award, for which he served as chair of the award committee from 2010 to 2015, and the ASPB Innovation Prize for Agricultural Technology, which was established in 2015.

MariaElena Zavala

MariaElena Zavala

California State University, Northridge

MariaElena has been one of the primary movers and shakers for undergraduate education in science, not only for minority students, but also for many Southern Californian undergraduates. She is driven by the quest to encourage minority students to become scientists. Since the beginning of her own career, MariaElena has served on numerous minority committees and educational committees for various scientific societies including ASCB, BSA, and ASPB. For ASPB, she was an Executive Committee member from 2012 to 2015 and also was a member of the Minority Affairs Committee from 2007 to 2013, serving as chair during that period.


Jaakko Kangasjarvi, Chair (14-17)
Janet Braam (14-17)
Ann Hirsch (15-18)
Sheila McCormick (16-19)

Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison

Nominations & Deadlines

The Fellow of ASPB Award will be offered again in 2017. Please check the nominations page in January 2017 to make a nomination.

Past Winners

Caren Chang
Keiko Torii

Eduardo Blumwald
Janet Braam
Tuan-Hua David Ho
Norman G. Lewis
Gloria K. Muday
Robert E. Sharp
Christopher Staiger

Raymond Chollet
John Cushman
John Harada
Jeffrey Harper
Sally Mackenzie
Susan Wessler

Judy Callis
Karen Koch
Danny Schnell
Elizabeth Vierling
Eleanore Wurtzel

Bonnie Bartel
Gerald Edwards
Sheila McCormick
Katherine Osteryoung
Linda Walling

Julia Bailey-Serres
Mark Brodl
Alice Cheung
Gloria Coruzzi
Elizabeth Hood
Elliot Myerowitz
A.S.N. Reddy
Stan Roux
Gary Stacey
David Stern

Peter Albersheim
Richard Amasino
Clanton Black
Haans Bohnert
Rebecca Boston
Robert Harza Burris
Nick Carpita
Vicki Chandler
Eric Conn
Roland Douce
Pamela Green
Mary Lou Guerinot
Alan Jones
Robert Last
Peggy G. Lemaux
Carl Leopold
Stephen Long
C. Robertson McClung
John Ohlrogge
Mel Oliver
Federico Sanchez
Lawrence Schrader
Edgar Spalding
Michael Thomashow
Mary Tierney
Carroll Vance
Kathryn VandenBosch
Larry N. Vanderhoef

Dan Bush
Jerry Cohen
Sabeeha Merchant
Jack Preiss

Charles Arntzen
Sally Assmann
Neil Baker
Wendy Boss
John Boyer
Winslow Briggs
Bob Buchanan
Joe Cherry
Maarten Chrispeels
Adrienne Clarke
Robert Cleland
Mary Clutter
Dan Cosgrove
Deborah Delmer
Machi Dilworth
Arthur Galston
Elisabeth Gantt
Robert Goldberg
Mary Helen Goldsmith
Wilhelm Gruissem
Thomas Guilfoyle
Roger Hangarter
Peter Hepler
Ann Hirsch
Thomas K. Hodges
Steven Huber
Andre Jagendorf
Russell Jones
Rich Jorgensen
Kenneth Keegstra
Joe Key
Leon Kochian
Brian Larkins
Christopher Leaver
Sharon Long
William Lucas
William Ogren
Don Ort
Bernard Phinney
Ralph Quatrano
Robert Rabson
Natasha Raikhel
Doug Randall
Clarence “Bud” Ryan
Thomas Sharkey
James Siedow
Chris R. Somerville
L. Andrew Staehelin
Heven Sze
Lincoln Taiz
Tony Trewavas
Masamitsu Wada
Jan Zeevaart