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Dr. Schmitz named finalist for 2022 Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists


University of Georgia faculty member Robert Schmitz was recently chosen as a finalist for a national award for young scientists. The Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists is the world’s largest unrestricted prize honoring early career scientists and engineers.

Schmitz is a plant biologist who performs groundbreaking research on plant epigenetics—the chemical modifications to DNA and associated proteins that alter gene expression—to unlock new methods to increase agricultural sustainability and food security. He found that some plant epigenetic mechanisms differ from those of animals, and that this unique mode of epigenetic modification impacts plant evolution and can inform crop breeding.

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Professor, UGA Foundation Professorship in Plant Sciences, Lars G. Ljungdahl Distinguished Investigator, Ph.D. (2007) University of Wisconsin, Madison

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