Deborah Delmer headshot.

Deborah Delmer

Scientific Advisory Board Member

Delmer is a member of the National Academy of Sciences with a distinguished career in plant biology, having been one of the pioneers of cellulose biosynthesis research. Together with colleagues at Calgene, Inc., Delmer’s group was the first to identify plant homologs of bacterial genes that encode the catalytic subunit of the cellulose synthase, and much of her later research focused on the role of this gene family in cellulose synthesis in plants. Delmer has served as President of the American Society of Plant Biologists, and from 2002-2007, she served as Associate Director for Food Security for the Rockefeller Foundation involved with grant making and policy relating to the role of biotechnology in developing world agriculture. Now retired, Delmer now serves on a number of advisory boards and works independently as a consultant to foundations, academia, industry, and governments on developing world agriculture and on issues surrounding biomass production.