Wilhem Gruissem

Professor of Plant Biotechnology, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (Zurich).

With a PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from the University of Bonn (1979) he worked for some years at the University of California – Berkeley, where he was head of the Department of Plants and Microbial Biology (1993 – 1998). Since 2000 he has been teaching at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich, where he has held the positions of head of the Department of Biology and president of the Institute of Plant Sciences. Since 2001 he has been co-director of the Functional Genomics Center at this university, has worked as an advisor and consultant to a large number of enterprises and institutions working in the field of genetic and biotechnology, and has also been on the editorial committees of several publications in his field. He has been editor-in-chief of the review Plant Molecular Biology since 2001. His main fields of research are systems biology of development and metabolic regulation, and biotechnology of cassava, rice and wheat.

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