Dr. Roger Innes holds the Class of 1954 Professorship in Biology at Indiana University Bloomington and directs IUB’s Electron Microscopy Center. He received his PhD in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology at the University of Colorado Boulder and completed postdoctoral research at the University of California, Berkeley.
He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Academy of Microbiology, and is currently president-elect of the International Society for Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. Dr. Innes’ research focuses on the immune system in plants, with a particular interest in how plants detect pathogens and how they translate detection into an active immune response. The Innes laboratory has developed genetic-based methods to enhance disease resistance in crop plants and thus significantly reduce farmer reliance on pesticides, while increasing yields.