Karen-Beth Scholthof

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Visiting Fellow, United States

Karen Scholthof is a professor in the Department of Plant Pathology and Microbiology at Texas A&M University and the faculty director of the Bioenvironmental Sciences undergraduate honors program. Karen spends summers in Fort Collins as a Visiting Fellow with the School, where she shares her scholarship in the history of plant virology with faculty across campus, and contributes to SoGES activities. At Texas A&M, Karen maintains two research programs: the molecular biology of plant viruses, and the historiography of tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) as model organism for plant biology. Karen attended Colorado College, completing her B.S. at Montana State University; an M.S. at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln; a Ph.D. at the University of Kentucky; and, postdoctoral research at the University of California-Berkeley. She has received university and national awards in recognition of her excellence in teaching. Karen is an elected a Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Microbiology.  She is a member of the Annual Review of Phytopathology editorial board and serves on the executive committee of the Agricultural History Society.