ASPB Leadership

Judy Callis

Judy Callis

ASPB 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.

Maureen McCann

Maureen McCann

ASPB President-Elect

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.

Robert Last

Robert Last

ASPB Past President

Robert (Rob) Last is Barnett Rosenberg Professor of Plant Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Michigan State University (MSU). Rob began his independent research career at the Boyce Thompson Institute, serving as an adjunct faculty member at Cornell University, before becoming founding science director at Cereon Genomics. Following four years with Cereon, Rob joined the National Science Foundation Biology Directorate for an 18-month rotation before assuming his current position at MSU. Rob’s overarching research interest is understanding how higher plants use metabolism to adapt to the environment, and how primary consumers of plant foods ─ including humans ─ benefit from these metabolic strategies.