Professor Chory is the Howard H. and Maryam R. Newman Chair in Plant Biology, a professor and director of the Plant Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies, and an adjunct professor of biology at the University of California, San Diego. Joanne Chory is identifying cellular mechanisms that allow plants to optimize their shapes and sizes. Chory’s seminal work investigating plants’ molecular and genetic responses to varying environmental conditions – specifically, light and temperature changes – provided the foundation for her team’s current studies of the role of hormones and tissue systems in plant growth and development. This work may inform our understanding of how these processes are regulated in other organisms and has applications in the fields of agriculture and human health.