Neal Stewart, Jr., professor in the Department of Plant Sciences and holder of the Ivan Racheff Chair of Excellence in Plant Molecular Genetics, has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
Election as an AAAS Fellow is an honor bestowed upon AAAS members by their peers. Stewart was elected as a member of the Biological Sciences Section for his distinguished contributions to the field of plant molecular genetics, particularly bioenergy and biotechnology.
As co-director of the Tennessee Plant Research Center, Stewart directs research that spans topics that include plant biotechnology, genomics and ecology. He has been performing agricultural biotechnology and biotechnology risk assessment research since 1994.
Stewart’s research has been supported by various granting agencies including the DOE, USDA, NSF, EPA and NASA. He has also participated in biotechnology ventures in the private sector during much of his science career.
Stewart has authored or co-authored more than 230 publications, including seven books. He has editorial duties for seven scientific journals.