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Abbreviated CV


Present position: 

Research Leader/Supervisory Research Plant Pathologist, Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory,

USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Beltsville, MD, USA 20705

tel. no. 301-504-5745  or  -6290



Educational Background:

1957-61 University of Rhode Island, Kingston, B.Sc. 1961

                Major area;          Botany

                Minor area;           Chemistry

1961-66 Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Ph.D. 1967.

                Major area;          Plant Pathology

                Minor areas;         Biochemistry 

Plant Physiology


Research Experience:

1966-1967, National Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow, USDA-ARS, Beltsville, MD

1967-1985, Research Plant Pathologist, USDA, Plant Virology/Molecular Plant Pathol. Laboratory

1985-present; Research Leader, USDA, ARS, Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory


Selected Honors and Awards:

1983--Fellow Award, Washington Academy of Sciences

1983--Dimock Memorial Lecturer, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York

1983--Washington Academy of Sciences Award; Outstanding Research in Biological Sciences

1984--Lockwood Memorial Lecturer, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven

1985--Fellow Award, American Phytopathological Society (APS)

1997--Agricultural Research Service (ARS, USDA) Outstanding Scientist of the Year Award

1998??USDA Silver Plow Award, Secretary of Agriculture's Award

for Personal/Professional Excellence

2001--APS Ruth Allen Award "For Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Plant Pathology"

2003--Republic of Lithuania State Decoration, Order of the Knight's Cross,

For Service to Science in Lithuania, presented by President Adamkus

2003--Distinguished Member, the Senior Scientific Research Service, USDA

2004--Presidential Rank Award, Distinguished Senior Professional, presented by President Bush

2005--Elected to the USA National Academy of Sciences

2005--Qilu Friendship Award, Provincial Government of Shandong, China.  

2006--Maramorosch Seminar Honorary Lecturer, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ

2007--Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

2008--Science Hall of Fame Inductee, USDA-ARS

2009--Distinguished Service Award, American Phytopathological Society, Potomac Division

2012--Emmy Klieneberger-Nobel Award For Outstanding Research in Mycoplasmology,

awarded by the International Organization for Mycoplasmology


Current Major Projects: 

A.  Coordinator, Spiroplasma kunkelii Genome Sequencing Project. 

B.  Leader, Phytoplasma and Spiroplasma Comparative Genomics Group, USDA-ARS, Beltsville,

C.  Leader, Genome Sequencing of Acholeplasma palmae for Comparative Genomics