Profile – Gary Stacey



Gary Stacey

Job Title:

Curator’s Distinguished Professor, MSMC Endowed Professor

Work Address:

271E C.S. Bond Life Science Center, 1201 Rollins Street, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, 65211


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Gary Stacey is Curators’ Professor and MSMC Endowed Professor of Plant Sciences and Biochemistry at the University of Missouri-Columbia. His research focuses generally on molecular aspects of plant-microbe interactions, including studies of the beneficial legume-rhizobium symbiosis and plant-fungal pathogen interactions. He has also been instrumental in the development of genomic resources for the study of soybean. He has mentored 37 postdoctoral fellows and 25 Ph.D. and 7 M.S. graduate students. He has authored or co-authored more than 230 peer-reviewed research articles, 78 book chapters, and 13 patents. Two of his patents support the product OptimizeTM sold by Novozymes, Inc., to enhance rhizobial inoculant performance on soybean.  He has also edited or co-edited 16 books/reports. Six of these volumes were part of the Plant-Microbe Interactions book series that he co-founded. He is past senior editor of the journals Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions and Plant Physiology. He serves on various advisory/editorial boards and, from 2010 to 2013, served as Editor-in-Chief of the journal Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions. He chaired the Public Affairs Committee of the American Society for Plant Biologists (ASPB) from 2006 to 2011. He is also currently the chair of the Department of Energy, Biological and Environmental Research Advisory Committee. In 2008, he founded a not-for-profit corporation, Missouri Energy Initiative (MEI;, and served as its Acting Executive Director until 2011. The Missouri Energy Initiative (MEI) is a resource network for building partnerships to move Missouri forward in terms of energy information and solutions.  In 1988, he was awarded a research fellowship by the Alexander Von Humboldt Stiftung and, during 1990, was awarded the title of van der Klaauw Chair of Molecular Biology at the University of Leiden, The Netherlands. In 1992, he was awarded the Chancellor’s Award for Research and Creative Achievement at the University of Tennessee. In 2007, he was awarded the Distinguished Research Award in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Missouri and, in 2013, received the Mumford Outstanding Faculty award from this college. In 2014, he was named a Curators’ Professor by the University of Missouri and that same year was identified by ASPB as one of the most cited authors in their society journals. In 2008, he was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 2010, he was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology and, in the same year, Fellow of the American Society for Plant Biology.

Research Areas:

  • Biological Nitrogen Fixation

Current N-related Projects:



Giraud, E, L Moulin, D Vallenet, V Barbe, E Cytrin, J-C Avarre, M Jaubert, D Simon, F Cartieaux, Y Prin, G Bena, L Hannibal, J Fardoux, M Kojadinovic, L Vuillet, A Lajus, S Cruveiller, Z Rouy, S Mangenot, B Segurens, C Dossat, WL. Franck, W-S Chang, ESaunders, D Bruce, P Richardson, P Normand, B Dreyfus, D Pignol, G Stacey, D Emerich, A Verméglio, C Medigue & M Sadowsky. (2007) Rhizobial Nod factors are not universally required for legume nodulation. Science 316: 1307-1312.

Y Liang, Y Cao, S Thibivilliers, J Wan, K Tanaka, J Choi, C Kang, G Stacey (2013) Non-legumes respond to Rhizobial Nod Factors by suppressing MAMP-triggered innate immunity. Science 341: 1384-1387.