Japan Prize Laureates

Laureates of the Japan Prize

Dr. Steven D. Tanksley

Steven D. Tanksley, Ph.D.

  • Nationality:
  • Date of Birth:
    7 April 1954

Outline of Achievements

Outline of Achievements

The 2016 Japan Prize


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


1995 Member, U.S. National Academy of Sciences
2009 Foreign Member, Royal Society of London

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

  • 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
  • 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
  • Tanksley, S. D. and McCouch, S. R., Seed banks and molecular maps: unlocking genetic potential from the wild. Science. 277:1063-1066. 1997
  • 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
  • Tanksley, S., Mapping polygenes. Annual Review of Genetics, vol.27, pp205-233. 1993
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