Joanne Chory

Professor and Director

Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator

Howard H. and Maryam R. Newman Chair in Plant Biology

Salk Institute for Biological Studies - Videos

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How supercharged plants could slow climate change

The Salk Institute’s Harnessing Plants Initiative (HPI) is an innovative, scalable and bold approach to fight climate change by optimizing a plant’s natural ability to capture and store carbon and adapt to diverse climate conditions. We believe that our approach can help draw down and store more carbon and that we can—combined with other global efforts—mitigate the disastrous effects of climate change while providing more food, fuel and fiber for a growing population. Learn more »


Dr Joanne Chory Breakthrough Prize 2018 Winner

Joanne Chory, winner of the 2018 Breakthrough Prize is interviewed on the red carpet before the 2019 Breakthrough Prize ceremony.


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Cellular damage control system helps plants tough it out

LA JOLLA–As food demands rise to unprecedented levels, farmers are in a race against time to grow plants that can withstand environmental challenges–infestation, climate change and more. Now, new research at the Salk Institute, published in Science on October 23, 2015, reveals details into a fundamental mechanism of how plants manage their energy intake, which could potentially be harnessed to improve yield. Read more »


Education

AB, Biology, Oberlin College, Ohio
PhD, Microbiology, University of Illinois
Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School


Awards & Honors

  • Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, 2019
  • Honorary Doctorate of Science, Oberlin College, 2019
  • University of Illinois Alumni Achievement Award, 2018
  • Gruber Genetics Prize, 2018
  • National Academy of Inventors Fellow, 2018
  • Breakthrough Prize, 2018
  • American Philosophical Society Member, 2015
  • Danforth Award for Excellence in Plant Science, 2013
  • Genetics Society of America Medal, 2012
  • Royal Society of London Foreign Member, 2011
  • French Academy of Science Foreign Associate, 2010
  • German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) Member, 2009
  • European Molecular Biology Organization Associate Member, 2006
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science Fellow, 2005
  • Kumho Award in Plant Molecular Biology, 2004
  • Scientific American 50: Research Leader in Agriculture, 2003
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, 1997
  • L’Oreal-UNESCO Award for Women In Science (North America), 2000
  • U.S. National Academy of Sciences Member, 1999
  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences Fellow, 1998
  • Charles Albert Schull Award of the American Society of Plant Biologists, 1995
  • Award for Initiatives in Research of the National Academy of Sciences, 1994