Susan S. Golden is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and a member of the Center for Research on Biological Clocks at Texas A&M University....
Susan S. Golden is a Distinguished Professor of Biology and a member of the Center for Research on Biological Clocks at Texas A&M University. She received a B.A. (1978) in Biology from Mississippi University for Women and a Ph.D. (1983) in Genetics from the University of Missouri. During her graduate work she developed genetic tools for the first cyanobacterium shown to be transformable, Synechococcus elongatus (PCC 7942). As an NIH postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Robert Haselkorn at the University of Chicago, she characterized S. elongatus photosynthesis genes. She joined the Department of Biology at Texas A&M in 1986 as an Assistant Professor, where her research on light-responsive photosynthesis gene expression led to the development of bioluminescence reporting in S. elongatus. In the early 1990s she began a collaborative project with C.H. Johnson (Vanderbilt University), M. Ishiura, and T. Kondo (both at Nagoya University) that demonstrated circadian rhythms of gene expression in S. elongatus; this organism has become the premier experimental model for a prokaryotic circadian clock. Her lab uses diverse approaches to understand the molecular basis of timekeeping in S. elongatus.
Dr. Golden was honored by promotion to Distinguished Professor at Texas A&M University in 2003. She was previously a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator, an American Cancer Society Junior Faculty Research Awardee, and a recipient of Teacher/Scholar and Distinguished Achievement in Research Awards at Texas A&M. She was named a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 2000.
Takao Kondo is a Dean of Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan. He graduated from the Faculty of Science, Nagoya University. He received undergraduate and postgraduate studies at the Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University, where he studied circadian clock and photoperiodic flower induction of Lemna gibba G3 (dduckweed) with Prof. Y. Oota. Since 1978, he was assistant professor of National Institute for Basic Biology, Okazaki,Japan, where he studies circadian rhythms of Lemna and Chlamydomonas. In 1990, with Drs. S. S. Golden,C. H. Johnson and M. Ishiura, he developed bioluminescence reporter strain of cyanobacteria. At 1995, he was a professor of Graduate School of Science, Nagoya University and further studies cyanobacteria clock and found clock genes, KaiA, KaiB and KaiC