Professor and Chair of Genomics and Plant Biology
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Rob Martienssen is a plant biologist whose research focuses on epigenetic mechanisms that shape and regulate the genome, and their impact on development and inheritance. He works on transposable elements, first discovered by Barbara McClintock in maize, and showed that small RNA guide histone modification and chromosome segregation in fission yeast, as well as chromosome dosage and transposon control in the plant germline. He recently co-discovered genes and transposons that underlie developmental and epigenetic traits in the oil palm, and impact yield and sustainability. The link between epigenetics and RNA interference was named “Breakthrough of the Year” and Rob received the Newcomb Cleveland Award in 2003. He is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, a Fellow of the Royal Society and was Chair Blaise Pascal at Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. He was awarded the McClintock Prize in 2018, and is a co-founder of Orion Genomics LLC.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020
10:05 AM – 10:10 AM EDT