Associate Professor, Department of Plant Biology, The University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Plant Molecular Physiologist, USDA ARS
Elizabeth Ainsworth is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plant Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and a Plant Molecular Physiologist with the USDA ARS. Her research applies physiological, biochemical, genomic and imaging tools to understand the mechanisms of plant responses to global climate changes, including rising atmospheric carbon dioxide and ozone concentrations. The broad aim of her work is to understand the challenges and opportunities that climate change will present for genetic and biotechnological improvement of crop yield and food supply. Dr. Ainsworth received her B.S. in Biology from UCLA and her Ph.D. in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois. She was the 2011-2012 I.C. Gunsalus Fellow at the University of Illinois and was awarded the President’s Medal from the Society for Experimental Botany in 2011. Prior to her current appointment, Dr. Ainsworth was an Alexander von Humboldt post-doctoral fellow at the Juelich Research Institute in Germany.