Researcher; Geneticist; Professor, Cornell University
Maureen Hanson is Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor in the Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics at Cornell University. After completing a Ph.D.and NIH postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard, she joined the faculty at the University of Virginia before moving to Cornell. She has previously served as Associate Director of the Cornell Biotechnology Program and Director of the Cornell Plant Science Center. She has two different research programs, related through their dependence on modern methods for examining genome sequences and gene expression. Since 2009 her lab has been carrying out NIH-funded research on the disease Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue syndrome. She has a long-term research program that concerns gene expression and photosynthesis in plants, with potential applications in agricultural biotechnology.