Dr. Rod A. Wing

Born in Denver, Colorado, United States of America on January 30th, 1957; Educated at Griffin High School, Griffin, Georgia,1973-75; Foothill College, Los Altos, California, 1975-1977, University of California Berkeley, 1977-1980, University of Califorrnia, Davis, 1980-1987: B.A. 1980, Ph.D. 1987,

Professor and Director, Center for Desert Agriculture (CDA), King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST), Division of Biological and Environmental Science & Engineering, Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 2019 to date. Regents Professor, Bud Antle Endowed Chair of Excellent in Agriculture, and Director, Arizona Genomics Institute (AGI), University of Arizona, College of Agriculture & Life Science, School of Plant Science, Tucson, Arizona, 2002 to date.

Terry Kinney Fellow & Postdocal Scientist, 1987-1990, USDA-UC Berkeley Plant Gene Expression Center, Albany, California; Research Associate, 1990-1991, Cornell University, NSF Plant Science Center; Assistant/Assoicate Professor, 1991-1996, Texas A&M Univerrsity, Department of Soil & Crop Sciences, College Station, Texas; Associate/Full Professor/Coker Endowed Chair/Director, Clemson University Genomics Institute (CUGI), 1996-2002, Clemson University, Clemson, South Carolina.

Awards/Honours: USDA/ARS Terry Kinney Postdoctoral Fellowship, PGEC/UC Berkeley, 1988; First Holder of the Robert and Lois Coker Endowed Chair of Molecular Genetics, 1996-2002; Honorary Scientist of the Rural Development Administration, Korean Rice Genome Project, 1997-2003; USDA Secretary’s Honor Award for Superior Service, Group Leader - United States Rice Genome Consortia, 2004; Researcher of the Year – College of Agriculture & Life Science, University of Arizona, 2005; First Holder, Bud Antle Endowed Chair of Excellence in Agriculture & Life Science, University of Arizona, 2005-present; First Holder of the Shennong Professorship – Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China, 2006-present; Technology Innovation Award – UA Innovation Award, University of Arizona, 2008; Award for Research Excellence - Arizona BioIndustry Association, 2008; Alexander von Humboldt Research Award (60,000 Euros), Germany, 2009; Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2010; Extraordinary Faculty Award –UA Alumni Association & College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, University of Arizona, 2011; AXA Chair in Genome Biology and Evolutionary Genomics, AXA Research Foundation (500,000 Euros), 2014-2019; International Beijing Da Bei Nong Technology Group Science & Technology Award, 2015; Honorary Professor, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, 2016-2021; Regents Professor, University of Arizona, 2019.

Fellow: American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

Research Areas: Molecular genetics, genomics and evolutionary biology

Address: Director, Center for Desert Agriculture, KAUST, Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 23955-6900; I-5569, Thuwal, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 23955-6900; (USA) Arizona Genomics Institute, University of Arizona, Keating BioResearch Building, Tucson, Arizona 85721; Residence: (USA) 6570 N Regal Manor Dr., Tucson, Arizona 85750; [Tel: Off. (001) 5206269596; Res. (+966) 544700461; (001) 5203452654; Email: Rod.Wing@KAUST.edu.sa; rwing@email.arizona.edu]