Washington, D.C.The American Society for Plant Biology (ASPB) awarded Wolf B. Frommer, director of Carnegie's Department of Plant Biology, the Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology Research for "his major contributions in the development of fundamental tools and technologies essential for breakthrough discoveries that advance our understanding of glucose, sucrose, ammonium, amino acid, and nucleotide transport in plants."
Frommer joined Carnegie's Department of Plant Biology in 2003 as a staff member. Just four years later he became acting director of the department, a position that became permanent in 2009. Before coming to Carnegie, Frommer was a full professor and Chair of Plant Physiology at the Eberhard-Karls-Universitt Tbingen in Germany where he led a group of 80. He was also cofounder and director of the Center of Plant Molecular Biology in Tbingen, where he oversaw a staff of 150.
"Wolf develops novel technologies to address fundamental questions in plant science. These are a foundation for increasing the yield of crops and bolstering the world's food supply," remarked Carnegie president Richard A. Meserve. "His leadership has had an enormous impact on plant science. We are proud that his contributions have been recognized."
Frommer believes that understanding the basic mechanisms of plant life can help us solve problems in agriculture, the environment and medicine, and can even provide understanding of human disease processes. He works to solve both fundamental and real-world problems. In addition to his basic research, Frommer was founder of the biotechnology company SYMPORE GmbH, in Tbingen, and was a founder and vice president of the Joint Bioenergy Institute's Feedstocks Division, in Emeryville, CA. He was also a visiting faculty member at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories.
Among other innovations, Frommer and his team developed new so-called nano-sensors that, with advanced imaging
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