Richard Vierstra

Washington University, St. Louis | IPMB President

Sessions by Rick Vierstra

[Day 1]
12.00 am - 01.00 pm
Theme: 5 Universal Principles of Company Growth
[Day 2]
01.00 am - 02.00 pm
Theme: 7 Key Business Owner Functions
[Day 3]
01.00 am - 02.00 pm
Theme: Our Best Mistakes in Business


Richard Vierstra is the George and Charmaine Mallinckrodt Professor of Biology in the Department of Biology at Washington University in St Louis, Missouri, USA. Following a PhD at the DOE-PRL at Michigan State University and postdoctoral work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Rick joined the faculty of the University of Wisconsin, where he was the Stanley J. Peloquin Professor of Genetics before moving to his current position in 2005. Among his many contributions to understanding protein turnover and signalling in plants have been the detailed analyses of the ubiquitin/26S proteasome proteolytic system, the organization of the SUMOylation, and the discovery of novel autophagic mechanisms, often using advances in mass spectrometry to identify autophagy targets. His current work focuses on using structure-based approaches to describe the conformational changes central to phytochrome signalling, and on dissecting how autophagy selectively chooses it substrates and its importance during nutrient stress. Richard was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Melbourne, Australia, in 1994, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2018, and is active within the governance of ASPB.