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Fred Gould (chair)

Fred Gould is a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor of Entomology and codirector of the Center on Genetic Engineering and Society of North Carolina State University. He studies the ecology and genetics of insect pests to improve food production and human and environmental health. Watch video interview and read full bio

Richard M. Amasino 

Richard M. Amasino is a professor with the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. His work focuses on how plants perceive seasonal cues such as changing day-length and temperature and how they use such cues to determine when to initiate flowering. Watch video interview and read full bio

Dominique Brossard

Dominique Brossard is a professor in and chair of the Department of Life Sciences Communication at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW-Madison).  Her research program concentrates on the intersections between science, media, and policy. Watch video interview and read full bio

C. Robin Buell

C. Robin Buell joined the Department of Plant Biology of Michigan State University in October 2007 after spending 9 years at The Institute for Genomic Research. She studies plant genome sequences and deciphers the genomes of their pathogens. Watch video interview and read full bio

Richard A. Dixon

Richard A. Dixon is Distinguished Research Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences of the University of North Texas. His research centers on the biochemistry, molecular biology, and metabolic engineering of plant natural-product pathways and their implications for agriculture and human health. Watch video interview and read full bio

José B. Falck-Zepeda

José B. Falck-Zepeda joined the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) in 2004 as a research fellow. He is now a senior research fellow and leader of the Policy Research Team of the Program for Biosafety Systems. His work at IFPRI focuses on the economics and impact assessment of agricultural biotechnology, biosafety, and other emerging technologies. Watch video interview and read full bio

Michael A. Gallo

Michael A. Gallo is a professor in the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Department of Environmental and Occupational Medicine of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. He is also an adjunct professor in the School of Public Health and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology of the Ernest Mario School of Pharmacy of Rutgers. His expertise includes dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), experimental models in pharmacology and toxicology, cytoplasmic and cell-surface receptors, hormone biology, and mechanisms of hormonal and environmental carcinogenesis. Watch video interview and read full bio

Ken Giller

Ken Giller is a professor of plant production systems in the Wageningen Centre for Agroecology and Systems Analysis (WaCASA) of Wageningen University.  His research has focused on smallholder farming systems in sub-Sahara Africa, particularly problems of soil fertility and the role of nitrogen fixation in tropical legumes, with emphasis on the temporal and spatial dynamics of resources in crop–livestock farming systems and their interactions. Watch video interview and read full bio

Leland L. Glenna 

Leland L. Glenna is an associate professor of rural sociology and science, technology, and society in the Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education Department at The Pennsylvania State University. The core theme that connects much of his domestic and international research is whether scientific research is designated as a public good or a private good and how that designation affects social welfare. Watch video interview and read full bio

Timothy S. Griffin

Timothy S. Griffin is an associate professor in the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy of Tufts University. His current research focuses on barriers to and incentives for regional food systems, environmental effects of agriculture, climate change, and conservation practices in agricultural systems. Watch video interview and read full bio

Bruce R. Hamaker

Bruce R. Hamaker is Distinguished Professor of Food Science, director of the Whistler Center of Carbohydrate Research, and holder of the Roy L. Whistler Chair in Carbohydrate Science in the Department of Food Science of Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. His research program is known for its focus on food carbohydrates and proteins with applications related to health and wellness. Watch video interview and read full bio

Peter M. Kareiva

Peter M. Kareiva is the Director of The Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at UCLA and the Chair of the Science Cabinet at The Nature Conservancy.  Watch video interview and read full bio

Daniel Magraw

Daniel Magraw is a professorial lecturer and senior fellow of the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He has extensive experience in international law, institutions, and processes and policies, particularly in relation to environmental protection, dispute settlement, and human rights. Watch video interview and read full bio

Carol Mallory-Smith

Carol Mallory-Smith is a professor of weed science in the Department of Crop and Soil Science of Oregon State University with responsibilities for teaching and research in agronomic crops. Her main research interests are gene flow and hybridization between crops and weeds (including genetically engineered and conventionally bred), herbicide resistance, weed management in agronomic crops, and weed biology. Watch video interview and read full bio

Kevin Pixley

Kevin Pixley is the director of the Genetic Resources Program of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT), a position he has held since 2011. He is also an adjunct associate professor at the University of Wisconsin, where he teaches about agriculture, health, and nutrition and their roles in household livelihoods and international development. Read full bio

Elizabeth P. Ransom 

Elizabeth P. Ransom is an associate professor of sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Richmond. Her research focuses on international development and globalization, the sociology of agriculture and food, and social studies of science and technology. Watch video interview and read full bio

Michael Rodemeyer

Michael Rodemeyer completed his adjunct professorship in 2015 in the Department of Engineering and Society of the University of Virginia, where he taught and directed the Science and Technology Policy Internship Program.  Watch video interview and read full bio

David M. Stelly

David M. Stelly holds joint appointments with Texas A&M University and Texas A&M AgriLife Research. He is a professor in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences and has over 30 years of professional experience in breeding of diploid and polyploid crops, germplasm introgression, reproductive biology and cytology, cytogenetics, genetics, and genomics. Watch video interview and read full bio

C. Neal Stewart

C. Neal Stewart is a professor of plant sciences at the University of Tennessee and holds the Ivan Racheff Chair of Excellence in plant molecular genetics. He is also the director of the Tennessee Plant Research Center. Watch video interview and read full bio

Robert Whitaker

Robert Whitaker received his PhD in biology from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1982. On graduating, he joined DNA Plant Technology Corporation as a postdoctoral research scientist and eventually served as both vice president for vegetable research and development and vice president for product development for the company. Watch video interview and read full bio

Committee membership changed due to the resignation of Karen Hokanson on August 19, 2014.
Committee membership changed due to the resignation of Lawrence Busch on September 18, 2014.
Committee membership changed due to the additions of Drs. Amasino, Glenna, and Ransom on November 18, 2014

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