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Donald Ort

Donald Ort

| | University of Illinois

Deputy Director Donald Ort is the Robert Emerson Professor in Plant Biology and Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. His research seeks to understand and improve plant growth and photosynthetic performance in changing environmental conditions, such as temperature and drought. Donald's research ranges from improving photosynthetic efficiency to the molecular and biochemical basis of environmental interactions with crop plants to ecological genomics. He has developed high-throughput imaging chlorophyll fluorescence systems for rapid non-destructive identification of cross progeny and transformants with improved photosynthetic efficiency at the seedling level. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology from Wake Forest University and his doctorate in plant biochemistry from Michigan State University. He has served as the president of the International Society of Photosynthesis Research, International Association of Plant Physiology, and American Society of Plant Biologists. He also served as editor-in-chief of Plant Physiology and associate editor of Annual Review of Plant Biology. He has received numerous awards and recognitions, including election to the National Academy of Science and being named one of Thomson Reuters’ Most Influential Scientific Minds. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed papers in journals that include Science.

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