Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology Research

The ASPB Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology Research was approved by the Society’s executive committee in 2005 to honor Dr. Bogorad’s many contributions to plant biology, including his influential efforts to bring the techniques of molecular biology to bear on problems in plant biology; his groundbreaking research on chloroplast genetics, biogenesis, structure, and function;and his inspired teaching and mentoring. The ASPB Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology Research is a monetary award made biennially to a plant scientist whose work both illuminates the present and suggests paths to enlighten the future.

Pal Maliga

2016 Winner: Pal Maliga

Pal Maliga (Rutgers University) has made multiple groundbreaking discoveries in chloroplast biology. His development of a method for stable transformation of land plant chloroplast genomes, once thought to be impossible, established the field of chloroplast genome engineering in higher plants and has led to an explosion of research concerning the chloroplast genome’s role in photosynthesis, functional analysis of plastid genes by reverse genetics, and mechanisms of plastid gene regulation. Using the technology, Pal’s lab has made many seminal contributions, including evidence for the existence of the nuclear-encoded plastid transcription system and identification of key elements involved in promoter recognition, translational initiation, and RNA editing site specificity. His discoveries continue to stimulate chloroplast biotechnology as well as basic research into chloroplast function.

Committee

Committee

Maureen Hanson, Chair (2015-2020)
Tom Guilfoyle, Past Winner (2015-2016)
Steve Rodermel (2013-2018)
Maria Harrison (2015-2020)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison

Nomination & Deadlines

The Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology Research will be offered again in 2018. Please check the nominations page in January 2018 to make a nomination.

Past Winners

2014 – Thomas J. Guilfoyle

2012 – Wolf Frommer

2010 – Nam-Hai Chua

2008 – Steven Huber

2006 – Maureen Hanson