Professor Joanne Chory ForMemRS
Professor and Director, Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Joanne Chory pioneered analysis of plant responses to their environment using a molecular genetic approach in Arabidopsis. Her laboratory has led the plant field for 20 years, making major discoveries in how plants grow and develop. She elucidated how plants perceive light; indentified how chloroplasts signal to the nucleus; and defined a novel pathway for the biosynthesis of the plant hormone auxin. She also discovered a novel steroid hormone in plants, indentified the steroid receptor and elegantly dissected the signalling network. She has been a beacon of scientific excellence and a wonderful ambassador for plant research in the international scientific community.