Michael Purugganan is the Dorothy Schiff Professor and Dean of Science at NYU. His research focuses on identifying the genes that are involved in the evolutionary adaptation of plants. He is particularly interested in the origin and evolution of crop plants and their genomes, trying to understand how these plants have evolved with human culture and using domestication as a model for how evolution occurs. He is the recipient of fellowships from the Sloan, Guggenheim, and Kavli Foundations, and was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2005. Purugganan is an associate editor of various journals in plant biology and evolutionary genetics. He’s also a member of the National Science Foundation biological sciences advisory committee and the US representative to the Council of Scientists of the Human Frontier Science Program.