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His major contributions are in the field of "plant molecular biology and protein engineering, as well as the utilization of plant biotechnology for enhancement of food quality and value, for expression of pharmacological products in transgenic plants, and for overcoming health and agricultural constraints in the developing world."
He is a Regents Professor at Arizona State University, served as the founding director of the Biodesign Institute until 2003, Co-Director of the Center for Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology of that Institute until 2007. He was elected member of the US National Academy of Sciences in 1983. He is also a foreign fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, India.
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- Phoolcharoen, W.; Dye, J. M.; Kilbourne, J.; Piensook, K.; Pratt, W. D.; Arntzen, C. J.; Chen, Q.; Mason, H. S.; Herbst-Kralovetz, M. M. (2011). "A nonreplicating subunit vaccine protects mice against lethal Ebola virus challenge". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 108 (51): 20695–20700. doi:10.1073/pnas.1117715108. ISSN 0027-8424. PMC .
- Phoolcharoen, Waranyoo; Bhoo, Seong H.; Lai, Huafang; Ma, Julian; Arntzen, Charles J.; Chen, Qiang; Mason, Hugh S. (2011). "Expression of an immunogenic Ebola immune complex in Nicotiana benthamiana". Plant Biotechnology Journal. 9 (7): 807–816. doi:10.1111/j.1467-7652.2011.00593.x. ISSN 1467-7644. PMC .
- "US National Academy of Sciences".