Philadelphia Chapter Open Board Meeting and Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
One Logan Square, 11th Floor
(18th and Cherry Streets)
R.S.V.P. to 215-884-4510 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof. Simon Barak received his Ph.D. from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and did a post-doctorate at UCLA, studying the circadian clock of plants. His research focuses on identifying genes that allow plants to tolerate the harsh environmental stresses characteristic of arid regions. Prof. Barak’s team has found that by removing two different genes from the Arabidopsis plant, its tolerance to heat, salt, and drought could be increased. An agreement between BGN Technologies, BGU’s technology-transfer company, and Bayer Crop Science, is allowing Prof. Barak’s team to identify additional genes that have an effect on making plants more “stress-resistant.”