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Jonathan Walton

Title: Professor of Plant Biology




DOE Plant Research Lab
612 Wilson Road, Room 210
Michigan State University
E. Lansing MI  48824
office phone: 517-353-4885
fax: 517-353-9168


  • Ph.D., Biological Sciences, 1982, Stanford Univ. Advisor: Peter M. Ray.
  • M.S., Plant Pathology, 1978, Cornell University Advisor: Olen C. Yoder. 
  • A.B., Biology, 1975, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Professional Appointments:

  • Professor, Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory, Michigan State University. 1987-present. Joint appointment in Department of Plant Biology.
  • Postdoctoral Associate, ARCO Plant Cell Research Institute, Dublin, CA, 1984-1987. 
  • NATO Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Rome, Italy, 1983-1984. Postdoctoral Associate, Dept. Plant Breeding, Cornell University, 1981-1983.

Honors and Professional Activies:

  • Thomas J. Watson Memorial National Merit Scholarship, 1971-1975. 
  • Honors in the Major, UC Santa Cruz, 1975. 
  • Biology Teaching Fellowship, Stanford, 1979-1981. 
  • National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship, 1976-1979. 
  • Sabbatical leave, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, University of California, Berkeley. Laboratory of John Casida. 1993-1994. 
  • Senior Editor, Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 1994-1997. 
  • Editor-in-Chief, Intl. Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions (IS-MPMI) Reporter (Newsletter), 2000-2003. 
  • Editorial Board, Eukaryotic Cell, 2001-2006. 
  • Board of Directors, IS-MPMI, 2001-2008. 
  • President, IS-MPMI, 2003-2005. 
  • Editorial Committee, Annual Review of Phytopathology, 2003-2006. 
  • MSU Distinguished Faculty Award, 2002. 
  • MSU College of Natural Sciences Distinguished Faculty Award, 2002 
  • Editor-in-Chief, Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions, 2007-2010 
  • Member of Publications Board, APS, 2007-2010. 
  • Director of the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC) for MSU, 2007-2013 (P.I. on MSU subcontract from UW-Madison)
  • Fellow, American Phytopathological Society, 2008
  • ad hoc member, NIH Synthetic and Biological Chemistry B (SBCB) Study Section, 2010
  • Fellow, AAAS, 2012 

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