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‘Plant Resilience’ Expert Thomashow Named MSU Foundation Professor

Mike Thomashow

Michael Thomashow, University Distinguished Professor and founding director of the MSU Plant Resilience Institute, has been named an MSU Foundation Professor.

The MSU Foundation Professor title is designated for individuals who combine externally recognized, exemplary scholarly accomplishment and/or potential, with clear professional relevance to specific areas of MSU scholarly need, disciplinary development, or research or creative emphasis. Consideration is also given to teaching innovation and excellence.

Thomashow, who joined MSU in in 1986, is world-renowned for identifying regulatory pathways controlling freezing tolerance in model and agriculturally important plants. He holds joint appointments in the Departments of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, and Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences.

He has published more than 125 research articles and is one of the most highly cited researchers in his field. He has been elected to the U.S. National Academies of Science, and has been named a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Society of Plant Biologists and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was awarded the American Society of Plant Biologists’ Steven Hales Prize.

Prior to joining MSU, he was on the faculty in the Department of Microbiology at Washington State University and was a Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Fund Research Fellow in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Washington, Seattle. Thomashow received his bachelor’s degree in bacteriology and his doctorate in microbiology from UCLA.

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