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Joanne Chory Biography, Age, Husband, Ted Talk and Net Worth

Joanne Chory is a popular American plant biologist and geneticist. She is also well-known as the professor and director of the Plant Molecular Biology

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Joanne Chory Biography

Joanne Chory is a popular American plant biologist and geneticist. She is also well-known as the professor and director of the Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Chory is also an investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Nevertheless, Chory was born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1955.

Her Lebanese parents raised her along with her four brothers and one sister. She began her upper-level education at Oberlin College in Ohio where she graduated with a degree in biology with honors. Joanne then continued with her post-graduate education at the University of Illinois. This is where she scooped her Ph.D.

Later on, she became a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Medical School in the lab of Frederick M. Ausubel. In 1988 she joined the Salk Institute as an Assistant Professor. From there, Chory eventually got married to her husband, Stephen Worland.  Chory was not always interested in genetics.

Her early career interests were centered in microbiology. Through her research in that field, she developed a deeper interest in genetics, specifically research that was being done on Arabidopsis plants. Through her lengthy career in genetics, she has been awarded numerous prestigious accolades for her many contributions to the field

Joanne  Age

Chory was born on March 19, 1956, in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. AS of 2019, she is 63 years old. Moreover, she has not given any information about her birth parents and extended family. More details will be shared soon.

Joanne Chory Husband

According to sources, Chory eventually got married to her husband Stephen Worland. This was back between 1999-1989. The couple then had two adopted children. As of 2019, there are no current details about their personal family background. Therefore more details will be shared soon.

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Joanne Chory Health

In 2004, Chory was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. She has struggled with the disease for well over a decade, but with the help of medications and a brain implant to help regulate her movement, she has continued her genetic research. Along with her passion for genetics, Chory strives to inspire young women to become scientists and is constantly working to improve the field for women.

Joanne  Award

So far, Joanne has managed to scoop the following awards:

  • Breakthrough Prize in Life Science (2017)
  • Gruber Prize in Genetics
  • L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards (2000)
  • Genetics Society of America Medal
  • Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research (2019)

Joanne Chory Email

According to well-known sources, Joanne’s E-mail address is still unknown. More details will be shared soon. But you can be able to reach her through her official website and learn more about her various experiments.

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Joanne Chory Salk Institute

Since the beginning of her career, Chory has been the Professor and Director of Slak institute. From there she became the director of  Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology Laboratory in the institution.

Joanne Chory Net Worth

Chory’s estimated net worth as of 2019 is still under review. However, she has managed to build her career in science as a professor and as a biologist. Chory has received so many awards. She has also gotten various endorsements from various scientists who are doing various experiments in factories across the USA. But sources have revealed that her net salary and lifestyle will be updated soon.

Joanne Chory Twitter

As of 2019, Chory’s Twitter account is not available. This is due to the fact that she has not joined Twitter. Therefore as soon as she joins twitter world. We will update this information.

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This scientist thinks she has the key to curb climate change: super plants

Dr Chory hopes that genetic modifications to enhance plants’ natural carbon-fixing traits could play a key role – but knows that time is short, for her and the planet

Professor Chory at the Salk Institute, where she leads her Ideal Plant project.
Professor  Chory at the Salk Institute, where she leads her Ideal Plant project. Photograph: John Francis Peters
That’s because Dr Joanne Chory is too perfect for the role to be believable.

The esteemed scientist – who has long banged the climate drum and now leads a project that could lower the Earth’s temperature – is perhaps the world’s leading botanist and is on the cusp of something so big that it could truly change our planet.

She’s also a woman in her 60s who is fighting a disease sapping her very life.

Plants evolved to suck up CO2 and they’re really good at it. And they concentrate it, which no machine can do, and they make it into useful materials, like sugar. They suck up all the CO2, they fix it, then it goes back up into the atmosphere.”

She is now working to design plants capable of storing even more carbon dioxide in their roots. Her Ideal Plant project uses gene editing – via traditional horticulture and Crispr – to do so. On a large scale, this could suck enough carbon out of the atmosphere to slow down climate change.

This concept basically splices the genes of regular crops and everyday plants like beans, corn and cotton, with a new compound that makes them absorb more carbon. Their roots then transfer it to the soil to keep it there.

This approach essentially supercharges what nature already does.

“I get worked up when I talk about the project,” Chory tells me in an office at the Salk Institute, a revered bioresearch campus at the edge of the Pacific Ocean in southern California. Her desk is full of posies, awards, family photos and framed magazine covers from science journals. “We have to find a way to take CO2 out of the atmosphere and I think plants are the only way to do that affordably,” Chory says.

“I feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders,” she says, letting out a laugh. “It is a lot of pressure.”

Born in Boston to Lebanese parents, the third of six children, Chory received a PhD studying photosynthetic bacteria at the University of Illinois. She spent her postdoctoral years as a Harvard Medical School researcher, then joined the institute in 1988. Along the way, she’s discovered how plants respond to everything from light and environment to how they regulate size and growth.

“It’s a philosophical issue, too,” she says, explaining why so many kick the can of global warming. “If I take pain now, maybe my great-grandchildren might see a benefit. People choose no pain now, that’s why we’ve done nothing about climate change.”

Every now and then as we speak, Chory’s symptoms pop up like an uninvited guest, another stark reminder of time. Struggling to maintain control and ever aware of the implied humor in her movements, she doesn’t shy from the elephant in the room.

“When I get excited I really get moving,” she mock-apologizes, letting out a coy chuckle. “I’m a lot better on Saturdays.” She pauses, collects her thoughts. “That’s why I want to do something that won’t cause pain to people. You never know when you’re making a global change. I don’t know if we can do it, but we have to try.”

An ‘even if’ scenario
Temperatures are already at alarming levels even if we reach the Paris agreement of curbing a rise of 2C. The world is headed for major upheaval, it’s merely a question of the scale. If we have any chance as a species, Salk contends, it’s with big ideas like this.

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Right now, the institute is negotiating with seed companies and prepping tests on nine agricultural crops to introduce Ideal Plants on farms around the world. Field-testing begins later this year with wheat, soybeans, corn and cotton.

Developing these Ideal Plants is step one in the Harnessing Plants Initiative, which amplifies root systems and production of suberin – which is essentially cork, or the rind on your cantaloupe, the magic key to plants holding more of that carbon – before transferring these genetic traits to row and cover crops.

A $2m gift by Howard Newman, a Salk board member and private equity veteran who has invested in oil and gas, jump-started the project last June. In April, Salk received a TED Audacious grant totaling $35m to support the plan.

Chory says these new plants will have deeper and stronger root systems that will also stop erosion, another byproduct of warming temperatures, which will make the soil more healthy and boost production. When normal plants die, they release large amounts of CO2 back into the air.

The first two meters of the Earth’s soil holds over three times the amount of carbon as the atmosphere and can hold even more. Fossil fuel use was predicted to rise by nearly 2% last year. Each year, we produce 18 more gigatons of CO2 than the Earth can currently handle; Salk believes their solution can achieve as much as a 46% annual reduction in excess CO2 emissions produced by humans.

It’s an extremely ambitious idea full of so many unknowns – how to get global buy-in from farmers, how many years will it take for plants to reach maturity and will it then be too late, how will mother nature react to such genetic modification and how will these crops taste – that none of Salk’s brains have the answers to.

Standing at the edge of the seaside campus designed by Louis Kahn, a sprawl of ominous cement towers and dramatic ocean views, it all feels straight out of the mind of Philip K Dick. Part Gattaca, part Logan’s Run, it’s easy to see why numerous films have been shot here.

Many scientists have told me their role is something akin to a historian, documenting the last days of a species or system. Not so here.

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“There is hope in dreams, in imagination and in the courage of those who dare to make dreams into reality,” Jonas Salk once said.

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Inside these modernist blocks, they’re dreamers too, but rooted in reality. The biological research center, funded by government grants and private donors, has spent decades inching towards cures for everything from cancer to Alzheimer’s. In 1968, Robert W Holley, Salk Cancer Center’s founding director, won a Nobel prize; in 1975, Institute staff won another Nobel, and again in 1977 and 2002.

I see the optimism on a tour with Dr. Joseph Noel, a biochemist focused on harnessing suberin, the project’s linchpin. He shows me seed-planting robots, which can bang out a day’s work in the time it would take human weeks; state-of-the-art grow rooms capable of simulating almost any environmental condition; greenhouses sitting atop dramatic bluffs. All the while he breaks down the importance of cork. “It’s a spongy barrier that helps a plant regulate water coming in and out, gas exchange coming in and out. Think of it as a protective plastic around certain cells in the plant.”

“Instead of just growing in a greenhouse or artificial lights in a lab, we wanted to have the ability to simulate a particular climatic zone: quality of light, seasonal changes, cloud cover, temperatures,” Noel says.

“It’s very easy to change the genetics of it on a massive scale,” he continues. “If we change a particular gene, we can find out if the roots get deeper, do they get more extensive, does the suberin content change. Their early ancestors have been doing photosynthesis for about 2.8bn years.”

Without plants, life as we know it wouldn’t exist. The question is whether these ones will become our saviors.

Adopted from Guardian News