Professor Deborah Delmer, is Professor Emeritus of Biology, University of California, Davis. Professor Delmer received her B.A. degree with honors in bacteriology in 1963 from Indiana University and her Ph.D. in cell biology in 1968 from the University of California, San Diego. She has held faculty positions at Michigan State University, The Hebrew University, and the University of California, Davis. In 2004, she received from the American Chemical Society the Anselme Payen Award in recognition of excellence in the science and chemical technology of cellulose. Professor Delmer also served as President of the American Society of Plant Biologists and in 2004 she was elected to membership in the US National Academy of Sciences. From 2002-2007, she served as Associate Director for Food Security for the Rockefeller Foundation where she was involved with grant making and policy relating to the role of biotechnology in developing world agriculture.