Genomics Facility. He has been active in establishing the legume, Medicago truncatula, as a model system for biological and genomics studies. His research interests on M. truncatula include symbiotic nitrogen fixation and the translation of genomic information to crop legume species. His research group is also contributing to an international effort to characterize the transcriptome of Vitis vinifera (grape). He is a member of the International Steering Committee for Grape Genomics and of the US Legume Genomics Initiative. He received his PhD at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and postdoctoral training at the Carnegie Institution of Washington’s Department of Embryology.
Robert Haselkorn is a Distinguished Service Professor of Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology at The University of Chicago. He has been a leader in demonstrating how the filamentous, heterocystous cyanobacteria accomplish biological nitrogen fixation and photosynthesis simultaneously. Recently, he has studied acetyl-CoA carboxylase genes in wheat and in parasites. He was a Guggenheim Fellow at the Institut Pasteur, and a recipient of the Darbaker Prize of the Botanical Society of America and the Gregor Mendel Medal in Biological Sciences from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He received his PhD in biochemistry from Harvard University and studied plant viruses in Cambridge, England as a postdoc. Dr. Haselkorn is chairman of the Board of Directors and a co-founder of Integrated Genomics, Inc., a genome sequencing and bioinformatics company.
Elizabeth “Toby” Kellogg is the E.Desmond Lee and Family Professor of Botanical Studies at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Her current research focuses on the evolution of development, identifying genetic changes that correlate with differences among species, genera and families, working specifically with the grass family, which includes the cereal grasses and their numerous wild relatives. She has studied evolution of C4 photosynthesis and evolution of sex expression, but most of her current work involves the architecture of inflorescences—characteristics