ASPB Leadership

Maureen McCann

Maureen McCann

ASPB President

Maureen C. McCann is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Purdue University, Indiana since 2003, and is a member of Purdue’s Center for Plant Biology, and Director of the NEPTUNE Center for Power and Energy, funded by the Office of Naval Research. As an instructor she teaches Eukaryotic Genetics to juniors and seniors. As a plant biologist with a passion for sustainable production of food, feed, fuel, chemicals and materials from lignocellulosic biomass, she has 104 peer-reviewed publications, 24 of which are published in The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology.

Katayoon (Katie) Dehesh

Katayoon (Katie) Dehesh

ASPB President-Elect

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.

Judy Callis

Judy Callis

ASPB Immediate Past-President

Judy Callis is a faculty member in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and a member of the Ph.D. graduate programs in plant biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, and genetics at the University of California at Davis. After working 2 years at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, Judy joined the faculty at UC-Davis in 1989 initially in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics and is now a full professor and serves as vice chair for academic personnel in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Judy’s main research interests are in the area of regulated proteolysis, with a focus on the ubiquitin pathway. More recently she has expanded her interests into the study of the fructokinase family in plants.