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Sharon R. Long is both a professor in Stanford's department of biological sciences and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, as well as a professor by courtesy in the department of biochemistry of the Stanford University School of Medicine. Long earned her PhD in cell and developmental biology at Yale in 1979. As a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard she became interested in symbiosis and nitrogen fixation and began studying Rhizobium symbiosis, the system of study in which she has been working ever since. Her research especially concerns the role of signals and signal transduction in plant development, and the approaches she uses are based in genetics and also include biochemistry and cell biology. She joined Stanford's faculty in 1981 as an assistant professor, became full professor in 1992, and was appointed HHMI investigator in 1994. Editor or on the editorial board of a variety of publications in fields such as plant physiology, bacteriology, and cell biology, she has published 64 refereed papers. She has also served on numerous review panels and advisory boards and committees. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Microbiolgoy, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and her many awards include the NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, the Shell Research Foundation Award, the NSF Faculty Award for Women, the MacArthur Prize Fellowship, and the Georges Morel Fellowship of the Institut National de Recherche Agronomique, France.
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