2007 Outstanding Researcher: Gary Stacey
Dr. GARY STACEY is recognized as a leader and consensus-builder by his colleagues across the world. "Gary's achievements have brought distinction and visibility to the Division of Plant Sciences and MU," says Walter Gassmann, associate professor in the Division of Plant Sciences.
Stacey serves as the Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council Endowed Professor of Soybean Biotechnology in the Division of Plant Sciences and holds a dual appointment in the Division of Biochemistry. His research interests focus on microbial and plant development; specifically, symbiotic nitrogen fixation, plant molecular biology, peptide transport, functional and structural plant genomics. Stacey has an enviable record of high-impact research accomplishments. He has authored and co-authored over 120 peer-reviewed research articles, 60 book chapters and has edited and co-edited 12 books.
"HIS ROLE AS A SCIENTIFIC LEADER WHO IS AN UNTIRING AND EFFECTIVE ADVOCATE FOR RESEARCH IS TRULY OUTSTANDING."
— Perry Cregan, research leader, USDA Soybean Genomics and Improvement Laboratory
"Gary Stacey has played a key role in moving soybean genetics and genomics to the forefront of crop research,"says Randy Shoemaker, research geneticist for USDA-ARS. "Five years ago the soybean community was struggling for unity and for recognition from federal granting agencies. Today, the soybean genome is being sequenced by DOE and USDA. I have rarely had the opportunity to work with a colleague with the energy and enthusiasm I see in Dr. Stacey."
Stacey's commitment to promoting biological research goes beyond soybeans. He holds leadership positions in two scientific societies: the American Society of Plant Biologists and the International Society of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. He serves on the ASPB Public Affairs Committee, which functions as a liaison between plant researchers, elected officials and the public. Stacey is treasurer for IS-MPMI and an elected member of the Board of Directors.
"I have great admiration for the scientific abilities and accomplishments of Dr. Stacey," says Perry Cregan. "These abilities and accomplishments are recognized across a broad spectrum of the scientific community."