Craig S. Pikaard, a leading plant geneticist, biochemist and professor in the Indiana University Bloomington College of Arts and Sciences, was recently elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Pikaard, the Carlos O. Miller Professor of Plant Growth and Development in the College’s Department of Biology and Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, is the eighth active faculty member at IU elected for membership in this highly prestigious organization, and only the 26th in the university’s history. An IU faculty member was last inducted into the organization in 2010.
Members of the National Academy of Sciences are selected in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Pikaard was one of 84 new members and 21 foreign associates of the organization announced May 2.
To celebrate Pikaard’s accomplishments and membership in the National Academy of Sciences, IU President Michael A. McRobbie hosted a reception in Pikaard's honor.