Distinguished Professor Elizabeth Vierling of the biochemistry department, considered a world leader in heat stress in plants, is being recognized as a Spotlight Scholar.
Vierling studies molecular chaperones, a diverse group of proteins that assist in protein folding, transport, modulation and regulation, and the processes that affect plant stress tolerance.
She joined the faculty in 2011 and was appointed a Distinguished Professor last February. Prior to coming to UMass Amherst, Vierling was a program director at the National Science Foundation from 2008-18 and a Regents’ Professor at the University of Arizona, where she taught for 23 years.
She was named a fellow of the American Society of Plant Biologists in 2012 and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2002. Her other honors include an Alexander von Humboldt Senior Research Fellowship in 2007 and a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship in 2000.
Vierling’s work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the Department of Agriculture.