transposable elements (MITEs), the most predominant element associated with plant genes. Currently she is heading up a collaborative project that is using computational and experimental approaches to identify and characterize most of the transposable elements in the two sequenced rice genomes. She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University and began her studies on plant transposable elements while a Postdoctoral Fellow of the American Cancer Society at the Carnegie Institution of Washington in Baltimore. She is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences. She is currently Associate Editor for Plant Physiology and is on the Editorial Boards of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and Current Opinions in Plant Biology.
John Yates is professor of cell biology at the Scripps Research Institute and director of protein and metabolite dynamics at the Torrey Mesa Research Institute. His laboratory uses tandem mass spectrometry as a technique for characterizing a proteome, using detailed information yielded by the mass spectrometer to identify proteins from complex mixtures. His research draws on biology, chemistry, and computer science to increase the scope, sensitivity, and throughput of technologies for practical proteomics. He is a recipient of the Pehr Edman Award in Protein Chemistry, and serves on the editorial advisory boards of several journals, including the Journal of Proteome Research and is an associate editor of Analytical Chemistry. He received his PhD in chemistry from the University of Virginia.