Display Accessibility Tools

Accessibility Tools


Highlight Links

Change Contrast

Increase Text Size

Increase Letter Spacing

Dyslexia Friendly Font

Increase Cursor Size

Share this story

MSU's Gregg Howe elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Michigan State University plant scientist Gregg Howe has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Founded in 1863, the NAS is one of the oldest and most prestigious scientific membership organizations in the United States.

Howe is among 120 new members and 26 international members elected to the NAS in 2020 in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research.

He joins 10 current and emeritus MSU faculty as members of NAS.

“Professor Howe has made important contributions to our understanding of the complex biochemical mechanisms through which plants respond to challenges such as insect attack,” said Stephen Hsu, senior vice president for research and innovation at MSU. “His work informs fundamental questions in biology—such as the evolutionary trade-off between defense and growth—that are relevant to all organisms, and also has applications to practical problems such as sustainable agriculture. Michigan State University is very proud of his accomplishments.”

Portrait of scientist Gregg Howe
Gregg Howe
By Kurt Stepnitz, MSU University Photographer

Howe, a University Distinguished Professor, MSU Foundation Professor and a member of both the MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) and the Plant Resilience Institute, is an internationally recognized leader in research on plant hormone biology and plant-insect interactions. He uses a combination of genetic, cell biological, molecular and biochemical analyses to study how plants use defensive compounds to protect themselves against herbivorous insects. His many honors and awards include selection as a fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society of Plant Biologists, and being named a Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researcher for the past six years.

“I am greatly honored to be elected into the National Academy of Sciences,” said Howe, who also a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in the MSU College of Natural Science and an MSU AgBioResearch scientist. “This recognition reflects the combined efforts of many talented students and collaborators over the years. I am also grateful for the very supportive research environment and terrific colleagues at MSU.” 

“We are delighted about Gregg Howe’s election to the National Academy of Sciences,” said Christoph Benning, PRL director. “He has made outstanding contributions to science and the MSU community since his arrival here in 1997, and I congratulate him on behalf of the entire PRL community.”

This year’s election brings the total number of active NAS members to 2,403 and the total number of international members to 501. International members are nonvoting members of the academy, with citizenship outside the United States.

For a complete list of the 2020 NAS cohort (available in July), visit http://www.nasonline.org/news-and-multimedia/news/2020-nas-election.html.

Top Stories

CURE at MSU: Bringing the laboratory experience to undergraduate classrooms CURE at MSU: Bringing the laboratory experience to undergraduate classrooms

Researchers are integrating their work into undergraduate cell and molecular biology laboratory courses at Michigan State University through the use of Arabidopsis mutant screenings.

Recently discovered protein enhances understanding of photosynthesis Recently discovered protein enhances understanding of photosynthesis

MSU-DOE Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) scientists have published a new study that furthers our understanding of how plants make membranes in chloroplasts, the photosynthesis powerhouse

Using Artificial Intelligence to delve into plant cell secrets Using Artificial Intelligence to delve into plant cell secrets

A new AI system, called DeepLearnMOR, can identify organelles and classify hundreds of microscopy images in a matter of seconds and with an accuracy rate of over 97%. The study illustrates the potential of AI to significantly increase the scope, speed, and accuracy of screening tools in plant biology.