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Lisa Ainsworth Named 2021 Distinguished Senior Research Scientist of the Year

Lisa Ainsworth has been named the 2021 Distinguished Senior Research Scientist of the Year by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for her scientific achievements.

Lisa Ainsworth, a research molecular biologist with the USDA Agricultural Research Service and affiliate professor of plant biology and crop sciences, leads the Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Global Change and Photosynthesis Research Unit, which was formed in collaboration between the university and the USDA.

Ainsworth’s current research includes understanding the dynamics of leaf growth and development, investigation of antioxidant metabolism in response to global change, and unraveling the physiological and molecular basis for intraspecific variation in plant responses to climate change.

“I am so honored by this recognition of my research and service,” Ainsworth said. “My career has been strongly supported by the partnership between the USDA ARS and the University of Illinois, and the investment that both institutions have made in unique facilities for studying plant responses to global climate change.”

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