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Joanne Chory Gets Kumho Award

Joanne Chory, a Professor in the Plant Biology Laboratory, of the Salk Institute has been awarded the Kumho Award for her research in identifying the mechanisms by which plants respond to changes in their light environment.

Joanne Chory, a Professor in the Plant Biology Laboratory, of the Salk Institute has been awarded the Kumho Award for her research in identifying the mechanisms by which plants respond to changes in their light environment. The Kumho Cultural Foundation of Korea, beginning in 2000, presents annually the Kumho Award, a prize of US $30,000, for meritorious research in plant molecular biology/biotechnology. The prize is for the recipient's personal use.

The award is in recognition of the quality and extent of Chory's contributions to our understanding of how light and hormones influence plant development and in particular for her landmark discoveries with steroid hormones of plants work on regulation of gene expression by light.

She and her colleagues use genetic, genomic and biochemical approaches in the reference plant, Arabidopsis, to identify components of the phototransduction pathways, with emphasis placed on the events mediated through a family of red/far-red-light-absorbing receptors. Her laboratory has identified mutants in these photoreceptors and in nuclear-localized signal transduction components. Work in Chory's lab has also led to the discovery of a steroid hormone, brassinolide, that controls plant development in response to light, and has identified the plant steroid receptor and signaling pathway.

The recipient is flown to Korea, at Kumho expense, to attend the award ceremony and to deliver an award lecture at the Kumho Life and Environmental Engineering Laboratory (KLESL) in Kwagju, Korea. The International Society for Plant Molecular Biology ISPMB, by means of a specially appointed committee, chooses the awardee.

Any ISPMB member can nominate candidates for the award by contacting Society headquarters, ldure@arches.uga.edu. There is no nomination form. Nominations for the 2005 award should be mailed to the Society by 1 November 2004.

Past winners of the Kumho Award:

2000

  • Ingo Potrykus, ETH Zurich, Switzerland

2001

  • Michael Bevan of John Innes Center, UK
  • Joseph Ecker of Salk Institute, USA
  • Rob Martienssen of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
  • Francis Quetier of Genoscope, France
  • Christopher Somerville of Carnegie Institution, USA
  • Satoshi Tabata of KAZUSA, Japan
  • Athanasios Theologis of UC Berkeley, USA
  • Owen White of TIGR, USA

2002

  • David Baulcombe, John Innes Centre, UK

2003

  • Xing Wang Deng, Yale University, USA

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  • 01 June 2004
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