Robert Rabson Award

The Robert Rabson Award, first given by the Society in 2012, recognizes Bob Rabson’s steadfast advocacy of plant biology through creation of funding programs in the Department of Energy for research in basic energy sciences. The award recognizes postdocs and faculty-level early career scientists, whether or not members of the Society, in academic, government, and corporate research institutions, who have made excellent contributions in the area of bioenergy research. The award, which is made biennially, is a monetary award that also provides a one-year membership in the Society.

This award recognizes Bob Rabson’s steadfast advocacy for plant biology through the creation of funding programs in the Department of Energy for research in basic energy sciences.

Xiaobo Li

2016 Winner: Xiaobo Li

For his novel discoveries linking the genetic and biochemical control of triacylglycerol biosynthesis and turnover with cellular metabolism and nutrient responses of microalgae, Xiaobo Li (Carnegie Institution for Science, Stanford, California) is the winner of the Robert Rabson Award in 2016. The novel insights arising from Xiaobo’s research support the development of renewable and sustainable biodiesel transportation fuel from microalgal feedstocks.

Committee

Committee

Candace Haigler, Chair (2011-2016)
Dominique Loque, Past Winner (2015-2016)
Kanwarpal Dhugga (2011-2016)
Sharlene Weatherwax (2011-2016)
Sylvia Lee
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Nomination & Deadlines

The Robert Rabson Award will be offered again in 2018. Please check the nominations page in January 2018 to make a nomination.

Past Winners

2014 – Dominique Loque

2012 – Yuki Tobimatsu