Joanna Friesner with the ISP Cohort at ICAR 2022-Belfast


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In this Q&A, Dr. Joanna Friesner shares her experience in academia as a researcher and her transition to different roles supporting the plant biology community. She discusses how she got interested in plant biology, and how she found a passion in helping others, as well as the ups and downs of being a DEIB advocate and her personal take on balancing her multiple positions and her family life.

Read the full interview here.

Dr. Friesner earned a PhD in Genetics from the University of California Davis, where she researched the mechanisms of DNA double-strand break repair in Arabidopsis thaliana. Since 2006, Dr. Friesner started collaborating with the Multinational Arabidopsis Steering Committee (MASC) and later as the Executive Director of the North American Arabidopsis Steering Committee (NAASC). From 2012 to 2020, Dr. Friesner was also the coordinator of the Inter-Institutional Network for Food, Agriculture, and Sustainability (INFAS), a network of researchers dedicated to developing sustainable food systems and committed to supporting, learning from, and partnering with communities.

Since 2020, Dr. Friesner has worked as Editorial Associate to the Editor-in-Chief of The Plant Cell. Furthermore, Dr. Friesner is co-founder of the DiversifyPlantSci database to highlight diversity in the plant sciences community and to further increase diversity and inclusion.

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