Keynote Presentations

Opening Session Keynote

Jonathan Jones (The Sainsbury Laboratory)

Jonathan D G Jones is a plant molecular geneticist who has made distinctive contributions to understanding how plants resist disease, and to how pathogens circumvent host immune mechanisms. He was born in London UK in 1954, where he grew up. He graduated from Cambridge University, UK, with a degree in Botany (1976), and a PhD jointly between Cambridge Genetics Department and the Plant Breeding Institute in Trumpington (1980). After postdoctoral work with Fred Ausubel at Harvard on symbiotic nitrogen fixation (1981-2), he worked at start-up agbiotech company AGS in Oakland, CA, working closely with Hugo Dooner to study the behavior of maize transposons in tobacco. Since 1988, JJ has worked at the Sainsbury Laboratory, Norwich UK, serving as Head of Laboratory 1994-7 and 2003-2009. He was elected member of EMBO in 1998, and Fellow of Royal Society in 2003. In 2012 he was awarded the U Minnesota Stakman prize. He is a Professor at the University of East Anglia. He has served as advisor to the Danforth Centre in St Louis, and is an advisor to the 2Blades Foundation. jones.jpg

Closing Session Keynote

Xinnian Dong (Duke University) 

Xinnian Dong received her B.S. in microbiology from Wuhan University in China in 1982 and Ph.D. in molecular biology from Northwestern University in Chicago in 1988. She began her study of plant immune mechanisms as a postdoc at MGH, Harvard Medical School. Dong is currently an Arts & Sciences Professor of Biology at Duke University. Dong became a HHMI investigator in 2011, an AAAS fellow in 2011, a member of NAS in 2012, an AAM Fellow in 2013 and an outstanding alumna of Wuhan University in 2013. Dong received the Chinese Biological Investigators Society (CBIS) Ray Wu Award in 2018. dong.jpg