C. Robin Buell

C. Robin Buell
  • MSU Foundation Professor
  • Plant Biology


C. Robin Buell, professor of plant biology, is an expert in the genomic aspects of plant biology and plant pathogens and is working to speed the development and breeding of more productive, healthy, drought-tolerant, and disease-resistant food and bioenergy crops. Her recent work involves determining the genetic blueprint of medicinal plant species to enable the discovery of pharmaceuticals from plants.

Buell received her PhD from Utah State University. Prior to joining MSU in 2007, she spent nine years on the faculty at The Institute for Genomic Research in Maryland and two years at Louisiana State University.

Buell has published 180 papers on her work. She has an active research group and collaborates with scientists at MSU, across the United States and throughout the world. Buell is the recipient of numerous awards including the USDA Honor Award and MSU’s William J. Beal Faculty Award, and is a fellow of both the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Society of Plant Biologists.