Robert Martiennsen on Barbara McClintock: The First Plant Geneticist
  Robert Martiennsen     Biography    
Recorded: 20 Feb 2001

I think it's fair to say that [barbara] McClintock you could view as the first plant genomicist. She actually had the first few of the plant genome because of her ability to stain chromosomes so precisely and so accurately. She actually published the first pictures of the maize genome in the 1920s and she would have been thrilled at the concept of having the whole thing on the computer, which we now have in the case of Arabidopsis.

Rob Martienssen is a plant molecular geneticist and professor at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. He received his Ph.D. from Cambridge University in 1986 and did postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley.

As a young scientist, he worked closely with Barbara McClintock. He currently studies plant epigenetics and development using functional genomics. He was awarded the Kumho International Science Award in Plant Biology and Biotechnology (2001).