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Featured Profile: Henry Nguyen


Henry NguyenRenowned University of Missouri scientist Dr. Henry Nguyen is a leader in developing stress-resistant crops.

Nguyen is an expert in how crop plants are affected by non-living stressors, such as extreme temperature, drought and flooding. He is considered a pioneer in molecular and genome mapping in this subject area. Since joining the MU faculty in 2002, he has garnered more than $40 million in external support for research.

For more than a decade, Nguyen provided leadership for the National Center for Soybean Biotechnology (NCSB), where he served as director. A collaboration among the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and MU scientists, the NCSB works to improve soybeans for food, industrial use and human health.

Nguyen is part of numerous professional and honorary societies, including service as a Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy and Crops Science Society of America. He also served as Vice-Chair of the Global Plant Council. He has been widely recognized for his expertise with numerous honors, including an Outstanding Research Award from the Missouri Soybean Association. In 2009, he was named a Fellow of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Dr. Henry Nguyen is Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Plant Genetics and Endowed Professor of Genetics and Biotechnology in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources and Division of Plant Sciences and a member of the Interdisciplinary Plant Group.

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Related Initiative(s):
Food for the Future