The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) elected Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Professor & HHMI Investigator Zach Lippman as a member on April 26, 2021. He joins 120 other new members and his previously elected CSHL colleagues Professor Doug Fearon, Professor Leemor Joshua-Tor, Professor Adrian Krainer, President and CEO Bruce Stillman, and Professor Michael Wigler. Members are chosen for their original and significant contributions to science and the world.
Lippman has made major discoveries in plant genetics, studying the genes that control the size and yield of important crops. He is a pioneer in using CRISPR genome-editing technology to improve crop traits valuable for agriculture and farming.
President and CEO Bruce Stillman says, “I am very pleased that Zach was elected to the National Academy, especially since he is a former graduate student and now a senior faculty member of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Zach’s plant development research has been of the highest international standard for his entire career. His discoveries are having a major impact on food production.”
Lippman is an HHMI Investigator and a Macarthur Fellow. He has won many awards, including the NAS Prize in Food and Agricultural Sciences, the American Society for Plant Biology Charles Albert Shull Award, and the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Harold M. Weintraub Award. He says, “The news of my induction into the National Academy of Sciences is an honor of a lifetime.”