Keynote Luncheon featuring Dr. Nancy Reichert (Corbett Ballroom)

Date(s) - Wednesday
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


NMSU’s Molecular Biology Program celebrates 30th-anniversary milestone

Session Chair:  Jennifer Randall

Nancy Reichert received a Bachelor of Science in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Nancy worked at the University of Wisconsin where she learned plant tissue culture techniques and then took a research role at a biotech company named Agrigenetics. While at Agrigenetics Nancy was part of a team that proved that genes from any source (other plants, bacteria, etc.) could be transferred into plants using Agrobacterium tumefaciens and this discovery began the application of genetic engineering plants. In regards to this study Nancy has said, Before this, people had only introduced genes from bacteria into plants. Our research showed that we could, potentially, take any gene from a plant or other organism and put it into another plant, and it could be expressed like in the original organism. It was very cool to be part of the first team that proved this potential.” (  After three years Nancy then moved to New Mexico State University where she worked in the Plant Genetic Engineering Lab as. Ph.D. student under the guidance of Dr. John Kemp. Nancy was the first student to earn a degree from the Molecular Biology Program in 1989. After completing her Ph.D. Nancy began her career at Mississippi State University and has remained. She is currently a professor in MSU’s Department of Biological Sciences, and she previously served as the department head for eight years. Nancy will give a seminar on Wednesday November 13th from 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm where she will highlight the developments and advances in plant science in the last 30 years.

Registration is required for this Luncheon event.  Go here to register!  The deadline for registration is November 6, 2019.