Announcing the 2021 ASPB Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award Winners

Each year, ASPB, through its Women in Plant Biology Committee, makes travel awards to early career women investigators to attend the Plant Biology conference. The goal of the competitive process that underpins the Women’s Young Investigator Travel Award (WYITA) program is to increase attendance of early career women investigators at the Plant Biology conference by providing travel funds.

Because of the pandemic and its related effects, and to protect the safety and health of our members and community, the ASPB Board of Directors decided to convene Plant Biology 2021 as a fully virtual meeting. Because physical travel will not be necessary, the WYITA has been reframed as a conference attendance award.

We congratulate the 2021 awardees, who are:


Karin Albornoz University of Concepción, Concepción, Chile

Michal Breker-Dekel The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

Leila Feiz Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA

Namrata Jaiswal USDA–ARS, U.S. Vegetable Laboratory, Charleston, South Carolina

Devanshi Khokhani University of Minnesota, St. Paul, USA

Jerlie Mhay Matres International Rice Research Institute, Los Baños, Philippines

Nadine Töpfer Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research, Seeland, Germany


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