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Dr. Pal Maliga

Title: Distinguished Professor
Company: Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Location: East Brunswick, New Jersey, United States

Pal Maliga, Distinguished Professor at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in genome research.

As distinguished professor of plant biology and laboratory director at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey since 1989, Dr. Maliga is renowned for developing the technology of chloroplast genome engineering in land plants and its applications in basic science and biotechnology. His research has also encompassed chloroplast genome engineering, agrobacterium transformation, Chloroplast transcription and recombinant proteins in chloroplasts.

Dr. Maliga’s many honors include the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award from the Research and Development Council of New Jersey, recognition as the Inventor of the Year from the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame and the Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology from the American Society of Plant Biologists. He has also been acknowledged as a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

To prepare for his stellar career, after obtaining a Master of Arts in genetics and microbiology in 1969 from Eotvos Lorand University, Dr. Maliga continued his education with a Doctor of Philosophy in the same disciplines in 1972 from Jozsef Attila University.

Dr. Maliga attributes his success to his curiosity. He simply enjoys what he does, like learning about nature, creating new tools, and advancing his knowledge. Throughout Dr. Maliga’s near-five-decade career what he considered as his most notable achievement was his development of the methods for the stable transformation of land plant chloroplast genomes. In the coming years, his goal would be to expand his method more broadly so that it could be used in all the crops because this is a technology that people could use to improve the efficiency of converting sunlight into biomass, or put new synthetic pathways in plants.

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