Dr. Daniel Klessig gave the 2012 Richard R. Nelson Memorial Lecture
Posted: October 19, 2012
Dr. Klessig worked with James D. Watson and Raymond F. Gesteland at Harvard University/Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories and received his PhD in 1978. He helped uncover the RNA splicing phenomenon and demonstrated translational regulation of plant proteins during his early career. His recent research focuses on molecular mechanisms of plant immunity, particularly the salicylic acid- and nitric oxide-mediated signal transduction in plants. After the seminar, Dr. Gildow presented him with a certificate, departmental polo shirt, and honorarium to mark the occasion.
His visit was made possible by funds supplied by the Richard R. Nelson Memorial Lecture Endowment. This endowment was developed by his family and colleagues to honor Dr. Nelson. Dr. Nelson, began his studies at the University of Minnesota where he eventually earned a PhD in 1954 working with Dr. E.C. Stakman. Following his graduation in 1954, he began his career working for the USDA working on fungal genetics and host plant resistance, primarily on small grains. In 1966, Dr. James Tammen invited him to join the newly formed Department of Plant Pathology at Penn State. At Penn State, Nelson played a major role in developing our graduate program in plant pathology. Coming from very poor beginnings, Dr. Nelson was always very appreciative of the opportunities that Stakman and others in Plant Pathology had given him, and one of his last wishes was to do something to enhance graduate education in the Plant Pathology Department. Therefore, this endowment was developed.
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For more information about Dr. Klessig and his research, please go to the following website: http://bti.cornell.edu/faculty/dan-klessig/