2015 Faculty Alumni Award Winner James A. Birchler

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James A. Birchler
Curators Professor of Biological Sciences

James A. Birchler is Curators Professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Missouri. After obtaining a B. S. degree from Eastern Illinois University in botany and zoology in 1972, he attended graduate school at Indiana University, majoring in genetics with a minor in biochemistry. His Ph. D. was awarded in 1977, followed by postdoctoral work at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and the University of California, Berkeley. He served as assistant and associate professor at Harvard University beginning in 1985 and  joined the faculty at the University of Missouri in 1991.

Birchler has served on the editorial boards of Genetics, The Plant Cell, BioMed Central Plant Biology, Tropical Plant Biology, McGraw-Hill Yearbook of Science and Technology, Genomic Insights, Journal of Genetics and Genomics, Journal of Biomedicine and Biotechnology, Molecular Biotechnology, GM Crops, Maydica, Frontiers in Plant Genetics and Genomics, Annual Reviews of Plant Biology and Annual Reviews of Genetics. He holds two U.S. patents and four international patents for his plant chromosome engineering technology and has authored over 250 scientific articles, invited reviews and book chapters. Birchler has served on the Maize Genetics Executive Committee and on the Council of the American Genetics Association. He is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an Einstein Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors and a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.


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