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Dr. Terri L. Lomax is a Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology and the Center for Gene Research and Biotechnology at Oregon State University where she teaches Cell and Molecular Biology and Issues in Agricultural and Natural Resources Biotechnology. She has directed the Program for the Analysis of Biotechnology Issues at OSU since 2000 and previously served as the interim director of the Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate program.

Terri's research area is plant developmental biology and she is currently focusing on understanding how multiple hormones interact to regulate plant growth and responses to the environment. Her main interest is discovering the mechanism of action of the plant hormone auxin and her research group is using the gravitropic response of tomatoes as a model system. They are currently isolating genes underlying mutations in auxin and gravity responses using molecular genetic and genomic approaches.

In addition to the Program for the Analysis of Biotechnology Issues, which provides balanced information about genetically engineered crops to the public, media, and policy makers, Terri's outreach efforts include the Science Connections program (K-12 science outreach for the Portland Public Schools), which she initiated and continues to direct.

Terri received her B.S. in Botany from the University of Washington (1975), her M.S. in Botany/Biology from San Diego State University (1978) and her Ph.D. from Stanford University in Biological Sciences in 1983. She was an NSF Plant Biology Postdoctoral Fellow at the Carnegie Institution of Washington, Stanford, CA from 1983-1986.

Terri was Foundation Board member and Treasurer of the American Society for Plant Biologists (ASPB) from 1997-2000 and a member of the Executive Committee of ASPB for eight years. She served as a member of the Board of Governors of the American Society for Gravitational and Space Biology (ASGSB) from1995-1998, and has been on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Plant Journal since 1994. In addition, Terri has served on numerous grant review panels for NSF, USDA, DOE, and NASA. Her awards include: Fulbright Fellow, University of Freiburg, Germany, 1977-1979; Phi Kappa Phi, Emerging Young Scholar Award, 1991; Savery Award for Outstanding Young Faculty, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences, 1992; the T.T. Sugihara Young Faculty Research Award, OSU College of Science, 1993; NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts Fellow, 2001; and Aldo Leopold Leadership Program Fellow, 2001.


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