Biography

Pal Maliga, Ph.D. received a MA degree (Genetics and Microbiology, 1969) from Eotvos Lorand University, Budapest, and a PhD (Genetics, Microbiology, 1972) from Jozsef Attila University, Szeged, Hungary. From 1971 to 1982 Dr. Maliga held appointments at the Biological Research Center, Szeged, Hungary, where his research group pioneered organellar genetics in cultured tobacco cells. Dr. Maliga spent the year of 1982 at Washington University, St Louis, MO, and between 1983-1989 served as Research Director for Advanced Genetics Sciences, a biotech start-up in Manhattan, KS, and Oakland, CA. Since joining Rutgers in 1989, Prof. Maliga developed the technology of plastid transformation in the tobacco model system and pioneered applications to basic research on plastid function and to chloroplast biotechnology. He was Chair of the Plant Cell and Tissue Culture Gordon Research Conference (1995) and Founding Chair of the Chloroplast Biotechnology Gordon Research Conference (2015). He is the recipient of the Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award, The Research and Development Council of New Jersey (1999) and was elected Inventor of the Year by The New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame (2011). Dr. Maliga is External Member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2001) and Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Debrecen, Debrecen, Hungary (2006). His seminal contributions to creating the field of chloroplast biotechnology was recognized by the Lawrence Bogorad Award for Excellence in Plant Biology (2016), American Society of Plant Biologists, and his election Fellow of The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2016).