Biographical Information

Joseph Jez

Chair, Professor, and Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor
Department of Biology
One Brookings Drive, Campus Box 1137
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
Phone: 314-935-3376; E-mail:


University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
Ph.D. Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics, 1998

Penn State University, University Park, PA
B.S. Biochemistry (with Honors and English minor), 1992

Professional Experience

Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, MO
Chair, Dept. of Biology (2018-current)
Professor, Dept. of Biology (2015-current)
Co-Director, Plant & Microbial Biosciences Graduate Program, Division of Biology & Biomedical Sciences (2013-2018)
Associate Professor, Dept. of Biology (2011-2015)
Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology (2008-2011)
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology (2006-2008)

Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis, MO
Assistant Member & Principal Investigator (2002-2010)

Kosan Biosciences, Hayward, CA
Scientist, New Technology Group (2001-2002)

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies, La Jolla, CA
NIH-NRSA Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Structural Biology Laboratory (1998-2001)

BioPore, Inc., Bellefonte, PA
Research Assistant (1991-1992)

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Eastern Region Research Center, Wyndmoor, PA
Physical Science Aide (1989-1990)

Awards, Fellowships, & Service

Faculty of 1000, Plant Biochemistry & Physiology member (2019-current)

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2018)

Co-Director, WUSTL Amgen Scholars Program (2018-current)

Scientific Advisory Committee, Structural Biology Center, Advanced Photon Source, Argonne National Laboratory (2018-current)

American Society of Plant Biologists Education Committee (2018-current)

Editor-in-Chief, Encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry, 3rd Edition (2018-2021)

Guest Editor, Plant Cell Reports (2017-2018)

Guest Editor, Plant Science (2017-2018)

Co-Chair, 2017 Plant Metabolic Engineering Gordon Research Conference

Associate Editor, The Journal of Biological Chemistry (2016-current)

Gesellschaft Deutscher Chemiker Lecturer, Greifswald, Germany (2015)

McDonnell International Scholars Academy Ambassador, China Agricultural University (2015-current)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor (2014-current)

Editorial Board Member, The Biochemical Journal (2013-current)

Fulbright Senior Specialist Fellowship (2012)

NSF-Graduate Research Fellowship Program Review Panels (2011-2017)

American Society of Plant Biologists SURF Program Committee (2010-2018; chair, 2017-2018)

Section Chief Editor, Frontiers in Plant Metabolism and Chemodiversity (2011-2015)

Editorial Board Member, Frontiers in Technical Advances in Plant Science (2011-2015)

Scientific Advisory Board, NSF Engineering Research Center for Biorenewable Chemicals (2010-2012)

Fulbright Specialist Program (2009-2014)

NSF MCB & IOS Proposal Review Panels (2009-2018)

Editorial Board Member, The Journal of Biological Chemistry (2008-2016)

International Scholar, National Key Laboratory for Crop Genetic Improvement, Huazhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China (2007-2013)

USDA-NRI Plant Biochemistry Proposal Review Panel (2007)

Arthur C. Neish Young Investigator Award, Phytochemical Society of North America (2007)

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) (2005)

NIH-NRSA Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (1999-2001)

Hoffman Foundation Pioneer Fund Fellowship (1998-1999)

Saul Winegrad Award for Biomedical Research, University of Pennsylvania (1998)

Finn Wold Travel Award, Protein Society, Boston, MA (1997)

Juan J. Grana Teaching Award, University of Pennsylvania (1996)

NIH Molecular Biology Predoctoral Training Grant, University of Pennsylvania (1992-1994)

Gilmore Scholar, Penn State University (1992)

University Scholar, Penn State University (1990-1992)