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Hans Kende Award: Donghee Hoh

Date & Location: December 5, 2022

4:00 p.m. Award presentation
4:10 p.m. Seminar

Location: MPS 1200

Zoom: https://msu.zoom.us/j/95996313892
Meeting ID: 959 9631 3892
Passcode: 862930

Subject: Hans Kende Award for Best Dissertation in the Plant sciences: Donghee Hoh

Hans Kende, Professor of Plant Biology in the Plant Research Laboratory at Michigan State University, died on September 26, 2006, at the age of 69. An endowment was established with contributions received in his memory. Through agreement with the Kende family and representatives of the PRL and MSU, funds from this endowment provide an annual award for the best doctoral dissertation in the plant sciences at MSU during the preceding two years. The awardee receives a monetary award and is invited to return to MSU to present a seminar during the Fall MPS Seminar Series.

Hans Kende

Hans Kende
Hans Kende

Hans Kende earned his Ph.D. at the University of Zurich, Switzerland. He conducted postdoctoral research in Canada, the US and Israel before joining the faculty of the newly established Plant Research Laboratory (PRL) in 1965. He remained at the PRL for forty years, serving as Director from 1985-88.

Dr. Kende studied plant hormones—particularly gibberellins, cytokinins, and ethylene—and their action in plants. He and his associates developed an enzyme assay for ACC-synthase and isolated an ethylene-resistant mutant in Arabidopsis that led to the isolation of the first hormone receptor in plants. His group also established deepwater rice as a model organism to study the action of plant hormones in stem elongation.

Dr. Kende served on the editorial boards of eight scientific journals and on review panels for the National Science Foundation and the US Departments of Energy and Agriculture. Among many honors bestowed on Dr. Kende were a Guggenheim Fellowship (1972-73); election to the German Academy of Natural Sciences (1985), the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1990), and the US National Academy of Sciences (1992); the MSU Distinguished Faculty (1988) and University Distinguished Professor (1994) Awards; Medal for Research Excellence, International Plant Growth Substances Association (1995); Honorary Doctorate Degree in Science, University of Fribourg, Switzerland (1995); Stephen Hales Prize, American Society of Plant Physiologists (1998) and Barnes Lectureship, University of Chicago (1998).

Donghee Hoh

Donghee Hoh
Donghee Hoh

Dr. Hoh received a B.S. in Global Entrepreneurship and Life Science and an M.S. in Life Science at Handong Global University in Korea and, a Ph.D. from the Cell and Molecular Biology Program at MSU in 2021. Her Ph.D. work connects multiple disciplines in several laboratories with distinct expertise, ranging from biophysics and bioenergetics to lipid biochemistry and biospectroscopy to quantitative genomics. Her focus has been on the application of new, high-throughput phenotyping platforms to explore the mechanistic bases of natural variations in photosynthesis. As such, Dr. Hoh’s work provides a better understanding of how plants adapt to a changing environment and will allow for the engineering of more resilient crops in the long term. 

Hans Kende Award Recipients

2008 William Underwood
2009 Leron Katsir
2010 Hoo Sun Chung
2011 Eric Moellering
2012 Kyaw Aung
2013 Xiaobo Li
2014 John Withers
2015 Deserah Strand
2016 Marcelo Campos
2017 Bethany Huot
2018 Kenny Wang
2019 Ya-Shiuan Lai
2020 Teresa Clark
2021 Jingcheng Huang
2022 Donghee Hoh

Those who wish to contribute to this endowment may send contributions, payable to Michigan State University, to this address:

The Hans Kende Endowment (A5122)
Development Office
College of Natural Sciences
288 Farm Lane, Room 5
East Lansing, MI 48824