The Charles Albert Shull Award

This award was initiated in 1971 by the Society to honor Dr. Charles A. Shull, whose personal interest and support were largely responsible for the founding and early growth of the Society. It is a monetary award made annually for outstanding investigations in the field of plant biology by a member who is generally under forty-five years of age on January 1st of the year of presentation, or is fewer than ten years from the granting of the doctoral degree. Breaks in careers will be considered when addressing the age limit of this award. The recipient is invited to address the Society at the annual meeting the following year.

2020 Winner: Zachary Lippman

Zachary B. Lippman, the Jacob Goldfield Professor of Genetics at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is the 2020 recipient of the Charles Albert Shull Award. Zach has made pioneering contributions to our understanding of the genetic and regulatory networks and mechanisms that control floral meristem activity in tomato and related plants in the Solanaceae, using a combination of classical and quantitative genetics, genomics, and cutting-edge gene editing. Moreover, he has demonstrated an exceptional ability to translate his fundamental discoveries in plant biology into novel germplasm resources and innovative strategies for agricultural crop improvement.

Kris Niyogi, Chair (2018-2021)
Libo Shan (2019-2022)
Marisa Otegui (2020-2023)
Zachary Lippman, Past Winner (2020-2021)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison