Fellow of ASPB Award

Established in 2007, the Fellow of ASPB award may be granted in recognition of distinguished and long-term contributions to plant biology and service to the Society by current members in areas that include research, education, mentoring, outreach, and professional and public service. Current members of ASPB who have contributed to the Society for at least 10 years are eligible for nomination. Recipients of the Fellow of ASPB honor, which may be granted to no more than 0.2% of the current membership each year, receive a certificate of distinction and a lapel pin.

Diane Bassham

Diane C. Bassham, the Walter E. and Helen Parke Loomis Professor of Plant Physiology at Iowa State University, is an internationally recognized plant cell biologist in the area of autophagy. Diane is particularly known for her work on how nutrition, hormones, and stress affect autophagy. She has made significant contributions to ASPB, serving on the editorial board of Plant Physiology, as a member of the Women in Plant Biology Committee, and as an organizer of career development workshops at ASPB’s annual meetings. At Iowa State University, she has been an exemplary mentor for a large and diverse group of students in her own lab.

Michael Blatt

Michael Blatt, the Regius Professor of Botany at the University of Glasgow in Scotland, has been the tireless editor-in-chief of Plant Physiology since 2013. Among his many distinctions, Mike was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2006. Mike’s research, documented in more than 300 publications, has had a profound impact on the development of modern transport biophysics and cell biology in plants. For example, he was one of the first investigators to develop strategies for voltage clamp analysis of transport in plant cells. Mike has been a prodigious mentor, and many scientists trained in his lab currently hold positions in academia and industry.

Clint Chapple

Clint Chapple is a distinguished professor of biochemistry at Purdue University. He served as departmental head from 2008 to 2015, and he is currently serving as director of Purdue’s Center for Plant Biology. Clint’s service to ASPB and beyond has been extensive. Currently he is on the ASPB Board of Directors (2019–2023) and the editorial board of The Plant Cell. In the past, he was president of the Phytochemical Society of North America, served as a monitoring editor for Plant Physiology, and participated in many grant panels at USDA, DOE, and NSF. He is well known for his research on lignin, particularly for combining the power of Arabidopsis genomics with the tools of biochemistry to work out many of the essential steps in lignin biosynthesis.

Sheng Luan

Sheng Luan, a professor in the department of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley, has made seminal contributions to our understanding of immunophilins, calcium signaling, and the regulation of ion channels. Sheng has been named Highly Cited Researcher in multiple years by Web of Science. His previous awards include a senior Alexander von Humboldt Foundation fellowship, a AAAS fellowship, and the Charles Albert Shull Award from ASPB. Sheng has served on the editorial board of Plant Physiology and several other journals, and he was the founding editor-in-chief of Molecular Plant. Sheng has been highly sought after as a speaker in many national and international conferences and as a member of grant-evaluating panels at USDA and NSF.

Donald R. McCarty

Donald R. McCarty, a professor at the University of Florida, has spent his entire career studying maize with an emphasis on seed biology. Don’s group has made numerous important contributions in this area, including discovery of new types of transcription factors and of the enzymes involved in cleaving carotenoids to produce the precursors of the hormones abscisic acid and strigolactones. Don has made an enormous contribution to the maize community by heading up the creation and maintenance of a national maize genetic resource, the UniformMu transposon mutant collection. He has served on the editorial board of Plant Physiology and on numerous USDA and NSF grant panels. He has trained a number of students who continue his legacy by making contributions to maize genetics.

Sarah Wyatt

Sarah Wyatt is a leader in plant biology education and has been at the forefront of ASPB’s efforts to expand its educational mission. Sarah served on ASPB’s Education Foundation from 2008 to 2012. She was also a member of the ASPB Education Committee from 2012 to 2019 and was its chair from 2015 to 2019. Sarah received the ASPB Excellence in Education Award in 2017. She has been an inspiration and mentor to many plant biology students, postdocs, and early career professors through her leadership in the Midwestern Section of ASPB as secretary/treasurer (2007–2009), vice chair (2009–2010), chair (2010–2011), and section representative on the ASPB Executive Committee (2011–2012). Sarah has been a faculty member in the Department of Environmental and Plant Biology at Ohio University for 20 years, currently serving as director of the Interdisciplinary Molecular and Cell Biology Program. Her research has contributed to a number of areas of plant biology, but she is most widely recognized for her NASA-funded research on the responses of plants to low gravity and space travel.

Neelima Sinha, Chair (2018-2023)
Bonnie Bartel (2019-2022)
Julia Frugoli (2020-2023)
Joe Kieber (2020-2023)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison