Prof. Marty Dickman - Editor in Chief, Molecular Plant Pathology
Prof. Marty Dickman received his B.S. degree in Horticulture and his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Pathology/Biochemistry/Scuba Diving from the University of Hawaii where he minored in surfing. As water sports did not pay the bills, he obtained a postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Biological Chemistry at Washington State University. He joined the faculty at the University of Nebraska in 1987 as an assistant professor, was promoted to full professor in 1997 and was named the Charles Bessey Professor of Plant Pathology. In December 2005, Dr. Dickman was appointed Director of the Institute for Plant Genomics and Biotechnology at Texas A&M University where he is the Christine Richardson Professor in Agriculture. He is also the Director of the Borlaug Genomics and Bioinformatics Center and a member of the Cell Death and Differentiation Program. He has served on numerous grant panels (NIH, NSF, USDA, BARD) and has several editorial responsibilities including Senior Editor for GM Crops, Frontiers in Plant Biotechnology and Physiological and Molecular Plant Pathology among others. His research centers on the molecular and mechanistic bases of fungal pathogenicity and plant stress responses with particular emphasis on the regulation of programmed cell death during fungal disease development and abiotic stress. He is a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) program in mutation breeding and is a member of the IITA Banana Improvement Program. Dr. Dickman is a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society (APS). He is also the recipient of the E.C. Stakman Award-2011 for excellence in plant pathology. He was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and was recently appointed Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Plant Pathology.