Susan R. Wessler, Ph.D. (b. 1953, New York City) is an American plant molecular biologist and geneticist. She is Distinguished Professor of Genetics at the University of California, Riverside (UCR).
Wessler graduated from the Bronx High School of Science in 1970. She received her bachelor's degree in 1974 in Biology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Cornell University in 1980. She was a postdoctoral fellow at the Carnegie Institution of Washington in the Department of Embryology from 1980-1982. She joined the faculty at UGA in 1983 as an assistant professor of botany becoming a full professor in 1992. She was named Distinguished Research Professor in 1994 and Regents Professor in 2005.
In 2006, Professor Wessler was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Professor. She is also a "professor at large" at the Keck Graduate Institute at the Claremont Colleges in Claremont, California.
Her research focuses on identifying plant transposable elements and determining how they contribute to gene and genome evolution.
Education and honors
- Diploma, 1970, The Bronx High School of Science
- Bachelor of Science, Biology, 1974, State University of New York at Stony Brook
- Ph.D., Biochemistry, 1980, Cornell University
- Member, National Academy of Sciences
- Councilor, National Academy of Sciences (2004) and Home Secretary (2011)
- Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
- Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- American Society of Plant Biologists' Stephen Hales prize (2011)