Scientific Advisory Board

Membership on the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) is open to Directors and distinguished scientists external to the Board who are familiar with the areas of research in which the institute engages. The SAB conducts an annual overview of the institute’s research programs.


Jane Silverthorne, Ph.D

Scientific Advisory Board, Chair
Senior Scientific Advisor for the Supporters of Agricultural Research (SoAR) Foundation
Retired – Deputy Assistant Director Directorate for Biological Sciences
National Science Foundation
Alexandria, VA

Lisa Ainsworth, Ph.D.

Research Leader, Global Change and Photosynthesis Unit, USDA ARS
Urbana, IL

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Paul Chomet, Ph.D.

Chomet Consulting LLC Groton, CT

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Arthur Grossman, Ph.D.

Staff Scientist, Department of Plant Biology
Carnegie Institution for Science
Courtesy Professor, Department of Biology
Stanford University
Stanford, CA

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Mary Lou Guerinot, Ph.D

Ronald and Deborah Harris Professor in the Sciences
Department of Biological Sciences
Dartmouth College
Hanover, NH

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Jacqueline Heard, M.B.A., Ph.D.

Venture Partner
Anterra Capital
Boston, MA

Eric Lyons

Eric Lyons

Associate Professor – The School of Plant Sciences, iPlant Collaborative
University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ

Elizabeth Sattely

Elizabeth Sattely, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering and HHMI Investigator Fellow
Stanford ChEM-H Institute
Stanford, CA
Christine Smart

Christine Smart

Director, School of Integrative Plant Biology
Professor, Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology Section, Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

A group photo of the Scientific Advisory Board


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