Frederick Meins graduated with an S.B. degree with honors in chemistry and biology from the University of Chicago in 1964 and a Ph.D. degree in life sciences from the Rockefeller University in 1969. He was an Assistant Professor of biology at Princeton University (1969–1976), Associate, then Full Professor of botany and genetics and development at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (1976–1980), and Professor (extraordinary) for plant development biology at the University of Basel (since 1990). He joined the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland as Senior Group Leader in 1980, where he also served as the Deputy Director and the Dean of Students from 2002 until retiring from active laboratory research in 2007. His service on panels and editorial duties includes being the Founding Member of Plant Genetic Mechanisms Panel, USDA (1977–1980), Planta (Associate Editor, 1982–1993), The Plant Journal (Editorial Board, 1990–1999), Annals of Botany (Editor, 1992–2001), NASA Life Sciences Standing Panel for Plant Biology (1999–2002), European Space Agency, Manned Space flight and Microgravity Panel (since 2000), Journal of Plant Growth Regulation (Editor, since 2000), and Member, Programme Advisory Committee, Malaysian Palm Oil Board (since 2005). His long-term interest is plant molecular and developmental biology, specifically the function of cytokinin and auxin; epigenetic inheritance; plant defense responses; RNA silencing; most recently, small RNA metabolism. He is among the ISI top 110 cited researchers in plant/animal sciences, 1981–1999.
Biography Updated on 13 February 2009