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Scientist at The Scripps Research Institute is Elected to Membership in the National Academy of Sciences

La Jolla, CA. May 8, 1997 -- Roger N. Beachy, Ph.D., Head of the Division of Plant Biology and Scripps Family Chair at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences. He was selected in recognition of his distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Beachy is one of 60 new members chosen for this distinction which is considered one of the highest honors that can be accorded a U.S. scientist or engineer.

In addition to his other responsibilities at TSRI, Beachy is co-director of the International Laboratory for Tropical Agricultural Biotechnology (ILTAB). He is best known for developing the world's first genetically engineered food crop resistant to disease.

Prior to joining TSRI's staff in 1991, he was a member of the Biology Department and professor and head of the Center for Plant Sciences and Biotechnology at Washington University in St. Louis.

Beachy's technique to produce tobacco mosaic virus resistance in tomatoes has been replicated by other researchers to produce many types of plants with resistance to a number of different viruses. Currently, his research team is conducting studies to determine how certain viruses disrupt cell function and cause disease. Working with cell biologists and structural biologists at TSRI, his group is developing second generation strategies for disease resistance in transgenic crops.

Dr. Beachy is an active member of the scientific community, serving on numerous boards and committees, including the Committee on Biological Control of Diseases of the National Research Council, the International Union of Biological Sciences, the American Society of Plant Physiology, the American Phytopathological Society and the American Society for Virology. The author of more than 125 scientific publications, Beachy is the recipient of the Commonwealth Award for Science and Industry, and the Ruth Allen Award from the American Phytopathological Society.

Beachy is a graduate of Goshen College and holds a doctoral degree in plant pathology from Michigan State University. He completed postdoctoral training in the Department of Agricultural Biochemistry, University of Arizona; and the Department of Plant Pathology, U.S.D.A. Nutrition Laboratory, Cornell University.

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