Peterson takes leadership roles in societies


Daniel Peterson

Daniel G. Peterson, director of the Institute for Genomics, Biocomputing and Biotechnology and a professor in the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University, has taken on leadership roles in two prominent plant biology societies.

Peterson was elected to serve on the Steering Committee of the International Cotton Genome Initiative (ICGI). During his two-year appointment from 2013-2015, he will serve as co-chair of the ICGI's Functional Genomics Workgroup. The mission of the ICGI is to increase knowledge of the structure and function of the cotton genome for the benefit of the global community.

Alan Jones, president-elect of the American Society for Plant Biologists (ASPB), has asked Peterson to serve on the ASPB's Science Policy Committee. Peterson will serve a four-year term on the committee from 2013-2017. The ASPB is one of the largest societies devoted to the promotion of excellence in plant biology research and education. The ASPB is particularly well known for publishing the journals The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology.

Peterson earned his bachelor, master and doctoral degrees from Colorado State University. He has been a faculty member at MSU since 2002.

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