Kan Wang was presented with the professorship at a medallion ceremony Oct. 6 by Wendy Wintersteen, endowed dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
Wang has directed Iowa State’s Plant Transformation Facility since it was created in 1995. It was established as one of the first public facilities to provide crop genetic transformation services for academic researchers globally.
Under Wang’s leadership, the Plant Transformation Facility provides expertise and service in genetic transformation of corn, soybeans and rice. It develops innovative transformation technologies, and serves as a training ground for scientists and students. The facility has served 37 university scientific groups, and more than 180 research groups from 135 institutes in 18 countries.