Testimonials for Pioneer Member Mark Estelle

Juan Carlos del Pozo – Everyone who knows me is aware that I consider Mark as my “father in science”. During my time in his lab, not only did I develop as a scientist, but I also grew as an individual learning from Mark´s values as a person. What I learned from Mark and my labmates increased my passion for science and plant research. Mark, thank you very much for everything you did for me and for having such an impact in who I am today!

Joe Ecker – Mark,

It has been great to know you and collaborate with your group. Your contributions to plant biology have been enormous. You are truly an ASPB Pioneer – congratulations on this recognition!


Lawrence Hobbie – Mark was a generous, thoughtful, and dynamic mentor for me and his other postdocs and graduate students. His ideas and intellectual enthusiasm created a great atmosphere of excitement and dedication in the lab. I am very grateful for his guidance and help, which enabled me to establish my own research program in an independent faculty position.

Jen Moon – Mark was an excellent mentor and taught me so much by word and example. He gave me the freedom to explore while keeping me on track to graduate. I particularly valued (and continue to value) all he taught me about good scientific writing, lessons I share with my students today. His calm and steady demeanor helped me navigate the sometimes stormy path of graduate school! Thank you, Mark!

Eilon Shani – Mark Estelle is an outstanding scientist, wonderful supervisor, and a great person to look up to. I had the unique privilege to learn from Mark and I’m grateful for that!

Chris & Shauna Somerville – We have watched Mark’s career flourish from his graduate studies at the University of Alberta to his conversion from Drosophila to Arabidopsis as a postdoc in Chris’ lab at Michigan State University and finally to become a pre-eminent leader in the field of auxin biology. Bravo Mark.

Sibo Tao – As my Ph.D. advisor, Mark greatly inspired me in my career and has given me a lot of guidance and help during my six years in his lab. Apart from the comprehensive training and research opportunities I received in the field of auxin signaling, I also developed critical thinking, communication and other soft skills that will greatly benefit my career. I really appreciate having the chance to pursue my graduate study and thesis research with Mark.

Teva Vernoux – In the field of auxin biology and plant development, I can’t think of someone that embodies more what a pioneer is than Mark. His work and vision has paved the way for an entire generation of active scientists and without doubts for the next to come. Thank you Mark.

Xiang Wang – It was a great experience for me to spend two years as a graduate student in the Estelle lab. Professor Estelle was always willing to help and provided inspiring advice on my projects and thesis. His encouragement changed me from a person with no background in plant biology to a Masters student with outstanding grades and a thesis. Although I am now working in the Biotech Industry on NGS, the fundamentalsI learned in his lab and the suggestions from Professor Estelle still help me to do well.

Ning Zheng – As a structural biologist trained in two biomedical institutes, I had never paid close attention to plant biology until Mark reached out to me to establish a collaboration aimed at revealing the mechanism of action of auxin. The outcome not only led to a breathtaking journey far beyond my imagination but also changed the trajectory of my research forever. These days I am fascinated by the many mysterious questions remaining to be answered in the plant biology field, and am also excited to embark on a new quest to discover novel therapeutics based on the molecular principle auxin, the critical plant hormone, has taught us. Thank you, Mark, for directing me into the wonderland of plants!