|Russell J. Molyneux|
Russell Molyneux received B.Sc. (Chemistry) and Ph.D. (Organic Chemistry) degrees from the University of Nottingham (UK), and is an elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC) and of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), as well as the awardee of a McMaster Fellowship by the CSIRO (Australia). In recognition of his contributions to natural products chemistry, Dr. Molyneux received the 2006 Kenneth A. Spencer Award. Prior to joining the USDA Agricultural Research Service Western Regional Research Center (Albany, CA), Dr. Molyneux held appointments at the University of Oregon and Oregon State University. He is internationally recognized for his research on the chemistry of poisonous plants, particularly those causing hepatotoxicity and abortion, and those giving rise to the classic "loco" disease and its associated syndromes. Until his retirement in January 2010, he led a project designed to prevent the formation of aflatoxins in tree nuts through identification of natural phytochemical resistance factors and conducted research to investigate metabolites of the fungus Eutypa lata that induce dying arm disease in grapes. Dr. Molyneux is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and is currently an Affiliate Faculty member of the College of Pharmacy, University of Hawaii at Hilo (current email).