ASPB Leadership

Katayoon (Katie) Dehesh

Katayoon (Katie) Dehesh

ASPB President

Katayoon (Katie) Dehesh is the Director of the Institute of Integrative Genome Biology at the University of California – Riverside (UCR), and a Distinguished Professor in molecular biochemistry. Previously, while at UC Davis, Katie served as the Chair of the Plant Biology Graduate Program, and Chair of the Emphasis in Biotechnology Program, where they expanded their educational program to include industrial experience, by actively involving various industrial partners in agricultural and medical fields.  Prior to joining the academic ranks, Katie worked for 10 years in the Plant Biotechnology sector, generating 11 patents. Katie’s research focus is on the evolutionarily conserved stress signaling and transduction pathways shared between plants and other organisms, such as eubacteria and Apicomplexa, as a means to providing an integrated view of the origins and patterns of divergence in adaptive networks.

Gustavo MacIntosh

Gustavo MacIntosh

ASPB President-Elect

Gustavo MacIntosh is a Professor of Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology at Iowa State University. For the vast majority of his career, he has been a member of ASPB and operated in the United States, but he became a plant scientist in Argentina. Gustavo did his postdoc training at the DOE-Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University and while there became immersed in the molecular biology of Arabidopsis and yeast. He began working on ribonucleases, which remains his main research interest. Gustavo has been at Iowa State University since 2003, where he built a laboratory investigating the functional characterization of plant RNases and the mechanisms and regulation of RNA salvage and cellular homeostasis.

Maureen McCann

Maureen McCann

ASPB Immediate Past-President

Maureen McCann is Director of the Biosciences Center at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colorado. She came to NREL from Purdue University where she was a Professor of Biological Sciences, Director of Purdue’s NEPTUNE Center for Power and Energy, funded by the Office of Naval Research, and Director of Purdue’s Energy Center. Maureen also served as the Director of the Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels (C3Bio), an Energy Frontier Research Center funded by the US Department of Energy’s Office of Science. Within C3Bio, her lab explored synthetic biology and genetic engineering approaches to optimize cell wall and biomass structure for chemical conversion processes. Prior to joining the faculty at Purdue, she was a project leader at the John Innes Centre Norwich, U.K., a government-funded research institute for plant and microbial sciences, funded by The Royal Society with a University Research Fellowship. She is passionate about production of fuels, chemicals and materials from lignocellulosic biomass and its potential to create sustainable prosperity in the emerging bioeconomy.