The Arthur W. Galston Lecture
The 2012-2013 Arthur W. Galston Memorial Lecture took place on January 18.
Alan H. Schulman, PhD
Plant Genomics Laboratory, Biotechnology and Food Research MTT;
Head, Genomics Research and Professor of Plant Biotechnology,
Agrifood Research Finland, University of Helsinki
About the Speaker: Alan H. Schulman is a professor of plant biotechnology and research director for genomics at MTT Agrifood Research Finland, as well as group leader at the Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki. He holds a PhD in Cell and Developmental Biology (Yale University, 1986). His research concerns the role of retrotransposons in shaping plant genomes and epigenetic imprinting, the impact of stress on their activation, as well as the application of retrotransposons as markers in mapping genome analysis and map-based cloning. His group has been dissecting the various stages of the retrotransposon life cycle in plants, with BARE of barley as the model system. This grew out of his fortuitous discovery of the first transposable element in barley in 1989. The group has participated in the Brachypodium and barley genome sequencing projects, wherein they annotated and analyzed the retrotransposons. Map-based cloning efforts exploiting cereal genomic synteny focus on genes conferring biotic and abiotic stress resistance as well as grain quality traits. This has led to a general interest in the interplay of stress, climate change, and food production worldwide. Dr. Schulman is the author of more than 100 publications and 200 abstracts. He also was made Knight, First Class, Order of the Lion of Finland, for scientific contributions in 2010.