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Committee Members


William (Bill) Lucas | Co-Chair

Distinguished Professor - Emeritus, Department of Plant Biology
College of Biological Sciences, University of California


Dr. Lucas’ research program is focused on the role of the vascular system in coordinating the plant’s response to abiotic and biotic stresses, the function of plasmodesmata in cell-to-cell communication in processes associated with plant development and viral defense, and functional genomics approaches using the cucurbits to explore a broad range of areas, including crop domestication and adaptation to environmental inputs such as nutrient limitations with a focus on phosphorus.


  • American Society of Plant Biologists
  • Australian Society of Plant Scientists
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Plant Cell; Editor (2003-2005) and Senior Editor (2006-2015)
  • Journal of Integrative Plant Biology; Senior Editor (2007-2016), Co-Editor-in-Chief (2017-2018)