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Katayoon Dehesh

Year of election: 2017
Section: Organismic and Evolutionary Biology
City: Riverside, CA, USA
Country: USA
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Main areas of research: Biosynthetic enzymes, fatty acids, molecular genetics, stress signalling pathways, interorganellar communication, cellular homeostasis

Katayoon Dehesh is a molecular biochemist focusing on regulatory mechanisms underlying stress-induced responses that have a central and evolutionarily-conserved role in organismal integrity and adaptation of plants to prevailing environmental conditions.

Specifically, she examines how stress signals are sensed, and the mechanisms by which they integrate targeted processes, which collectively culminate in organellar cooperativity – a phenomenon that is an evolutionary necessity for maintenance of cellular homoeostasis.


  • since 2016 Ernst and Helen Leibacher Endowed Chair in Botany and Plant Sciences
  • since 2016 Director, Institute for Integrative Genome Biology, University of California (UC), Riverside, USA
  • 2011-2016 Endowed Chair of Paul Stumpf in Plant Biochemistry
  • 2009-2016 Chair of Designated Emphasis in Biotechnology
  • 2006-2009 Chair of plant biology graduate group
  • since 2002 Full Professor
  • 2000-2002 Lipids program leader, Calgene Campus of Monsanto, USA
  • 2000-2002 Adjunct Professor, Plant Biology, UC Davis, USA
  • 1997-2000 Senior Research Scientist, Calgene Campus of Monsanto
  • 1994-1997 Principle Research Scientist, Calgene
  • 1989-1994 Assistant Specialist Plant Gene Expression, Department of Plant Biology, University of California, Berkeley, USA
  • 1987-1989 Postdoctoral Fellow, Plant Gene Expression/ Department of Plant Biology, University of California, Berkeley
  • 1986-1987 Sabbatical from University of Kiel, Germany, working with Professor Peter Quail, Department of Botany, University of Wisconsin, Madison, USA
  • 1982-1986 Wissenschaftliche Assistentin (scientific assistant), University of Kiel, for the purpose of Habilitation
  • 1981-1982 Post-doctoral fellow at the Biological Institute, University of Freiburg, Germany, supported by the German Science Foundation (DFG)
  • 1977-1980 Assistant Professor, School of Earth Sciences and Environmental Studies, National University of Iran

Honours and Memberships

  • since 2017 Member of the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina
  • 2014 College of Biological Sciences (CBS) Teaching Award at UC Davis
  • since 2013 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • 2012 Honorary Professor, South West University, China
  • 2009 Excellence in Education Award, UC Davis
  • 2002 Monsanto Fellow
  • 1974 Iran National Award
  • 1974 Pahlavi Foundation Award from Higher Education Ministry
  • 1972 Pahlavi University Award




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