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Prof. Dr.

Joachim Messing

Year of election: 2007
Section: Genetics/Molecular Biology and Cell Biology
City: Piscataway, NJ
Country: USA
CV Joachim Messing - Deutsch (pdf)


Research Interests: Molecular and genetic mechanisms of agronomically important quantitative trait,. Molecular biology of plant development, Regulation of gene expression in higher plants, Plant genomics, Bioinformatics

Joachim Messing became the most frequently cited author for the decade of 1981-90 because of the development of the shotgun DNA sequencing method and the use of DNA cloning for genetic engineering, which has revolutionized our knowledge of the human and other genomes. Because of generous unrestricted access his materials and methods became a major enabling force of the early biotechnology industry.

He and his collaborators have also made numerous discoveries of the dynamics of plant genomes. He is also a leader in our knowledge of storage proteins, which are key to our food supply.


  • 2009-2019 Selman A. Waksman Chair in Molekulare Genetik
  • 1988-2019 Direktor, Waksman Institute of Microbiology, Rutgers University, USA
  • 1985-2019 Professor für Molekularbiologie, Rutgers University, USA
  • 1984-1985 Professor für Biochemie, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, USA
  • 1982-1984 Außerordentlicher Professor für Biochemie, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, USA
  • 1980-1982 Assistenzprofessor für Biochemie, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, USA
  • 1978-1980 Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter für Bakteriologie, University of California, Davis, USA
  • 1975-1978 Stipendiant, Max-Planck-Institut für Biochemie, München
  • 1975 Promotion in Biochemie / Pharmazie, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, München
  • 1971 Diplom in Pharmazie, Freie Universität Berlin

Auszeichnungen und Mitgliedschaften

  • seit 2015 Mitglied der US-National Academy of Sciences
  • seit 2015 Fellow der American Academy of Microbiology
  • 2014 Promega Biotechnology Award der American Society of Microbiology
  • 2013 Wolf-Preis in Agrarwissenschaften
  • 2004 USDA Secretary’s Honor Award
  • 2003 World Technology Award in Biotechnology
  • seit 2002 Fellow der American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • 1985-1986 Herausragendstes Paper der Biowissenschaften
  • 1981-1990 Herausragendster Wissenschaftler der Welt




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