Soybean Hero

Henry Nguyen elected as AAAS fellow

Henry Nguyen, director of the National Center for Soybean Biotechnology at the University of Missouri, was recently elected as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Nguyen was honored for his distinguished research contributions in plant genetics and genomics, and his leadership in plant abiotic stress, most notably in drought tolerance.

AAAS fellows are elected annually for “efforts on behalf of the advancement of science or its applications which are scientifically or socially distinguished.” The association has awarded fellowships since 1874.

“I was fortunate to be nominated and supported by colleagues around the country,” Nguyen. “I am thankful for their support and the work by my staff, students and postdoctoral research associates over the years.”

AAAS is the world’s largest general scientific society. It is dedicated to advancing science around the world by serving as an educator, leader, spokesperson and professional association. AAAS publishes the journalScience, as well as scientific newsletters, books and reports, and spearheads programs that raise the bar of understanding for science worldwide.

Nguyen earned his doctorate in 1982 from the University of Missouri. He began his career at Oklahoma State University as a faculty member and later joined the Texas Tech University and the Texas A&M University System. He then accepted a position at the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources’ Division of Plant Sciences as well as the Endowed Chair of the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council. In 2004, he was named Director of the National Center for Soybean Biotechnology.

Nguyen has served in numerous professional organizations, both national and international. He has contributed to 25 book chapters, edited four books and has published 164 scientific articles. He has directed 14 master’s and 20 doctoral students. He mentored 37 postdoctoral fellows and 67 undergraduate students. Nguyen has hosted 27 visiting scientists/research fellows and has secured approximately $24 million in competitive funding.