Lisa Ainsworth| | USDA-ARS
Lisa Ainsworth is Research Plant Physiologist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service (USDA-ARS) with the Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit and an adjunct professor of plant biology at the University of Illinois. Lisa’s research applies physiological, biochemical, and genomic tools to understand the mechanisms of plant responses to global climate change. Her current research is quantifying genetic variation in response to elevated ozone concentrations among diverse inbred and hybrid maize lines in the field. She is also developing high-throughput phenotyping techniques to identify ozone sensitivity and the genes and gene networks underpinning these ozone responses in corn and soybeans. Lisa earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and went on to earn her doctorate from Illinois. Her work has been published in many peer-reviewed journals, including Science, PNAS, and Plant Physiology. She has received the Charles Albert Shull Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists, the President’s Medal from the Society of Experimental Biology, and was named a University Scholar by Illinois. In addition, Lisa was honored with the 2019 National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Prize in Food and Agriculture Sciences. For the past several years, she has been included on the Highly Cited Researchers List by the Web of Science group. Currently, she serves on the editorial boards of Plant Physiology and Plant, Cell & Environment.