Professor Richard Dixon, a research professor at the University of North Texas, has received the Phytochemical Society of North America’s Phytochemical Pioneer Award. This award acknowledges relevant contributions to phytochemical research that Dr. Dixon has made throughout his distinguished career. Dixon received the award on August 11 at the organization’s annual meeting, which took place at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
“The Phytochemical Society of North America and its members have been great colleagues during my 40 years of working in this field,” Dixon stated in a recent UNT press release. “I am honored to join the list of distinguished phytochemists who have received this award.”
Dixon’s work includes several different projects in the area of plant secondary metabolism; his work includes projects that range from basic studies concerning metabolic pathways and enzymes to more applied research projects that include coming up with a new and stronger plant-based carbon fiber, assessing the impact that grape seed extract can have on Alzheimer’s disease, and advancing more digestible and cattle-friendly alfalfa and ameliorated bioenergy crops. Dixon’s projects have earned over $2.4 million in federal funding this year alone.
Dr. Dixon has also authored over 450 papers and reviews on issues that include molecular biology, biochemistry and metabolic engineering of plants. He is also a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the editorial boards of 5 international journals, and has also been named by the Institute of Scientific Information and Thomson Reuters as one of the most cited authors in the area of plant science.
Dixon will become the president of the American Society of Plant Biologists and will assist the organization in its objectives of developing plant science research, growing research funding and creating strategic partnerships for research projects. He currently belongs to the National Research Council committee to examine the history, benefits, safety and drawbacks of genetically modified crops in the world.
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