Laureates of the Japan Prize

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Steven D. Tanksley, Ph.D.

2016 (32nd) Japan Prize Laureate

Field
Biological Production and Biological Environment
Achievement
Contribution to modern crop breeding through research on development of molecular genetic analysis
Commemorative Lecture
about modern crop breeding through research on development of molecular genetic analysis
Nationality: United States of America
Date of Birth: April 7, 1954
Academic Experience:
1976 Colorado State University, B.S.
1979 University of California, Davis, Ph.D.
Academic Positions:
1976-1979 Research Assistant, University of California, Davis
1979-1981 Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Davis
1981-1985 Assistant Professor, Department of Horticulture and Plant Genetics Engineering Laboratory, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces
1985-1991 Associate Professor, Department of Plant Breeding & Biometry, Cornell University
1991-2010 Professor, Department of Plant Breeding & Biometry, Cornell University
2010-present Professor Emeritus, School of Integrative Plant Science, Cornell University
Current Position:
Cornell University
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
School of Integrative Plant Science
Emerson Hall
Publications, Thesis:
  1. Paterson, A.H., Lander, E.S., Hewitt, J.D., Peterson, S., Lincoln, S.E., Tanksley, S.D., Resolution of quantitative traits into Mendelian factors by using a complete RFLP linkage map. Nature. 335:721-726. 1988
  2. Martin, G.B., Brommonschenkel, S.H., Chunwongse, J., Frary, A., Ganal, M.W., Spivey, R., Wu, T., Earle, E.D., Tanksley, S.D., Map-based cloning of a protein kinase gene conferring disease resistance in tomato. Science. 262:1432-1436. 1993
  3. Tanksley, S. D. and McCouch, S. R., Seed banks and molecular maps: unlocking genetic potential from the wild. Science. 277:1063-1066. 1997
  4. Frary, A., Nesbitt, T.C., Grandillo, S., Knaap, E., Cong, B., Lin, J., Meller, J., Elber, R., Alpert, K.B., Tanksley, S.D., fw2.2: A quantitative trait locus key to the evolution of tomato fruit size. Science, 289:85-22. 2000
  5. Tanksley, S., Mapping polygenes. Annual Review of Genetics, vol.27, pp205-233. 1993
Awards:
  • 1998 Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Award
  • 1999 Martin Gibbs Medal of the American Society of Plant Biologists
  • 2004 Wolf Prize in Agriculture
  • 2005 Kumho International Science Award Korea
  • 2008 Rank Prize
Recognition:
  • 1995 Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
  • 2009 Foreign Member, Royal Society of London

(As of January 2016)

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